Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Another Bug-Eyed Wooly Fishhead

Here it is. A similar jig, but without the ash-colored roving and has rainbow/pearl flash instead of red.  Used red trilobal polyester thread on the collar.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Bug-Eyed Wooly Fishhead

I recently obtained some very nice unfinished "fish head" jig heads, so I decided to work with them this weekend. Here's what I've come up with so far, the Bug-Eyed Wooly Fishhead.

  • Low-temperature glue gun with clear glue sticks to form 3-D eyes
  • Hole punch - 1/4-in. diameter
  • Black acrylic paint for eye pupils
  • A 3/16-ounce "fish head" jig with a 1/0 black nickel sickle hook (I think... ;) )
  • UTC Ultra Thread 140 denier - olive
  • Flymasters Wapsi Flashabou  Accent - red
  • Clover Natural Wool Roving - moss green and ash
  • Maybelline Express Nail Polish - go go green (jig head)
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails - cardinal (gills and back of jig head)
  • Devcon 2T Epoxy for topcoat
This new-to-me style of jig head inspired me to seek and try out a different type of hair.  I like the way the hair formed and looks around the hook.  It appears relatively dense.  I hope that it has good action.  Being dense, it certainly forms a nice profile.

Wool absorbs water and sinks like a rock.  So, this jig will be used for swimming and hopping.  The key here will be limited stopping time.

The 3-D eyes are new to me as well.  I crafted my own using pointers from David Jaroscak.  You can find them in this link.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Tiring Of Ugly Bugs?

Well, here are eight more.  Each is tied on a 1/8-oz. ball head jig with a #2 bronze hook.

Their elastic legs have great action in water.  Remember...bungee cord. ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Ugly Bugs

Here are a couple that I tied from bungee cord rubber and thick green chenille. One has very thick black legs that are somewhat stiff and smell like new tires. :D  I'll see how it fishes...

I do like the bottom jig's flexible legs.  However, the bass will judge it... ;)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ugly Bug 2011

Received an assist from a bungee cord to tie this jig.  The elastic made for pretty nice legs I think.  No googly eyes or silver elastic legs on this version.

  • Unpainted 1/4-oz. Northland Gum-Ball Jig with 1/0 hook
  • Caron Glimmer #5 chenille - apple
  • Bungee cord elastic
  • Machine embroidery thread (trilobal polyester) 40-wt - electric green
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails - cardinal
  • Black and white acrylic paints for eyes
  • PermaPoxy 5-Minute GP Epoxy for topcoat
This jig is one of my favorites to make/tie.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Jig Crafting Tips

Here are a couple of tips that I found useful recently.
  • When nail polish thickens with age, thin it with 100% acetone nail polish remover.  Add several drops to a bottle of nail polish and then mix it before next use.  Watch air bubbles travel quickly to the surface as clear nail polish thins.  Apply it in a well-ventilated area.
  • Isopropyl alcohol effectively removes indelible ink (Sharpie marker) from skin.

Burnt Pinkies and Burnt Bluebacks

Tied on 1/16-oz. ball heads with #4 red Aberdeen hooks.

Strayed away from craft fur to use some lambs wool and streamer hair.  The lambs wool has a little burnt orange in its tips which I find interesting.  Plan to try these out on the local reservoir crappie and white bass this spring.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Redfins II

Tied these on 1/8-oz. ball head jigs with #2 hooks.

  • UTC Ultra Thread 70 denier - gray brown
  • Darice Craft Fur - silver and black
  • Westrim Craft Fur - red
  • Diamond Cosmetics Jazz Nail Polish - silver
  • Black and white acrylic paints for jig eyes
  • PermaPoxy 5-Minute General Purpose Epoxy for jig head topcoat