Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mocha Shake Jig

A hair jig that I tied today for largemouth bass. It's made of brown and white craft fur, white saddle hackles, and a 1/4-ounce lead head with a 2/0 hook. The head is epoxy-coated over a brown finish.

Think about swimming your hair jigs sometime soon. ;)

Friday, August 28, 2009

The Whip Finish By Hand

As a fly-tying youngster, my finishing knot consisted of a series of half hitches. It wasn't until I started tying jigs, years later, that I taught myself to tie a whip finish by hand. I tried reading the many descriptions and illustrations available in fly tying books and was unable to train myself to perform it properly. Finally, I found the following link which made tying the whip finish second nature to me. Much like shifting a manual transmission or riding a bicycle, I rarely think about what it takes to tie this knot.

Whip Finish by Hand

It's pretty neat because I don't need any specialized whip finishing tool other than a fine-point punch or dubbing needle. Even one of those isn't absolutely necessary.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Conair Fishing Tackle?

Get a load of this plug.

Made from a Conair hair brush handle. The bristles were used to make crab and shrimp eyes on saltwater flies. That's being pretty resourceful, I think.

Do fish like Conair products? ;)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Simple Pink Jigs

Here are three jigs that I tied last evening. Simple jigs in reddish-pink colors. Might work for trout and walleye in a pinch.


  • One-sixteenth ounce darter head jig with #4 gold hook.

  • UTC Ultra Thread (white) - 140 denier.

  • Caron Glimmer chenille (carnation).

  • Lion Suede chenille (rose).

  • Pink marabou feathers.

  • Reddish-pink nail polish.

  • Craft acrylic paint (black, white).

  • Clear nail polish.

  • Devcon 2T epoxy for topcoat.

  • Pink craft fur.

  • Mylar tinsel (silver holographic).