Sunday, January 30, 2011

Yet Another Perch Tie...

This one has a bit of olive color added dorsally.

Also, I used some gold-colored trilobal polyester thread around the jig collar in place of black flat-waxed thread.

Had enough of these perch ties already? ;)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Another Yellow Perch Jig

Tied this one on the advice of another jig tyer.

I liked the advice. :)

Yellow Perch Jig

This one is patterned after a yellow perch. Tied it on a 1/8-oz. ball head jig with a #2 hook.

I hope to tie other prototypes of different sizes in the near future.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Here's How It's Done

Here are a couple of nice videos made by Walleyejigger5 from YouTube.

That's all there is to it Folks. :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Old School & Purple-Barred Ties

I really don't know why I like the color of the top two jigs in this photo so much.  Maybe, it's because of the colors of the feathered trebles on old musky lures or the spoons and spinners that I've fished successfully for northern pike.

I think that I'll try to test the red/yellow and red/white colors a bit this spring.  Many of the old lures from Grandpa's tackle boxes had red and white color patterns.  So, It might be worth fishing these color combinations.  Grandpa was a pretty good angler as I recall...

There's something about barred patterns that look attractive to me.  I hope that they'll attract gamefish as well.  I chose purple and white because of my confidence in purple color for largemouth bass and walleye.

Each jig weighs 1/8 of an ounce and has a #2 bronze hook.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Green & Yellow

Tied a couple of green and yellow jigs tonight.  Each weighs about 1/8 of an ounce and has a #2 hook.  Wanted to try a new fabric marker.  My result was...well...

...OK, I guess.  The marker left the jig's yellow fur somewhat stiffer-feeling to me.  I need to let it dry lying flat overnight, so perhaps I'll comb it out sometime tomorrow.  I'd like to create better bar markings in the future with more practice.

The top jig is simply kelly green tied over yellow craft fur, so no drying time there. ;)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Barring Practice & A Tinsel Jig

So, last night I decided to try to pattern another jig using a black Sharpie marker.  I chose a pattern I'll refer to as reverse countershading.  Countershading is a concept applied to aquatic organisms that are dark-colored on top (dorsally) and their colors lighten gradually as you look toward their bottom or belly (ventrally).  It's a theory that these organisms are less visible to predators when viewed from below against a light sky.  Also, it serves to make them less visible to predators when viewed from above against darker backgrounds.  Well, I'll modify this concept.  Why not design a jig to represent the opposite of this concept in order to gain an angling advantage?

This jig may be somewhat camouflaged by its bars when at rest in weedy or dark surroundings.  However,  it becomes increasingly visible as it moves through lighter surroundings.  The contrast between the black and yellow colors seem significant to me.  Granted, I'm not a fish. ;)

The second jig has a single strand of gold tinsel along each side to provide light-reflecting flash against the black silhouette of its craft fur body.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Black-N-Yellow Hair Jigs

Black and yellow...not just for bees...

Used a black chisel point Sharpie to produce the bottom jig's barred pattern.  I have to practice more with it. Each jig is tied with a 1/8-oz. ball head having a #2 hook.

  • Black and yellow craft fur
  • Black Ultra Thread - 70 denier
  • Sanford chisel point Sharpie marker - black
  • Black and white acrylic paints
  • Two-part epoxy for topcoat

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Vise Selection Article

A pretty good article in my opinion. Covers the "what to look for in a vise" based upon what you want to tie. Great for those who want to learn about vise function and terminology.

Get A Grip

Friday, January 14, 2011

Minnow Heads For Multiple Species Of Fish

Here are some new ties using 1/16-oz. Arkie minnow head jigs with #4 hooks.  Tails consist of turkey and chicken feather.  Bodies consist of Sulky Holoshimmer and Lion Brand Suede.  The heads have a nice reflective holographic finish beneath their epoxy topcoats in my opinion.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Approaching Green Pumpkin

A popular color among smallmouth bass fisherman.  There is some variability in its hue and tone among lure producers.  I created my own versions of this color through these craft fur ties.

Combined are brown, sage green, and black craft furs.  Each jig is tied on a 1/8-oz. football head with a size 1 or 1/0 black sickle or round bend hook.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

More Craft Fur Jigs Tied Over The Holiday

Tied these recently after Christmas.  Used "holiday-colored" paint and tinsel in a few of the patterns.  Each jig weighs about 1/8 of an ounce and has a #2 round bend hook.

Panfish Jigs

Each jig has a thread style body tied with braid, metallic thread, or film.  Tails are turkey feather, chicken feather, or blood quill marabou.

The jigs weigh 1/16 of an ounce and have either a #4 round bend or a #6 sickle hook.