Friday, July 27, 2012

Fuzzy Bug

Here's one I'll call a Fuzzy Bug.  It's tied with a wrap of Bernat Fab Faux chenille yarn in sable color.  The legs and antennae are quartered boot lace.  Used a 3/8-oz. football head jig with a 3/0 black nickel hook.  The head is painted "plum brown" with a 50/50 mix of black and red powder paint by Harbor Freight.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More Leather

Tied a "quad" version of the leather bug that I'd posted previously.  This one has 4 swimmerets (legs) per side.

I've learned to use only quartered lace with grainy, shiny outer hide.  Without this, the leather breaks apart easily and you'll lose your legs and antennae eventually.

Here's a jig that I think I'm going to like a lot if my intuition serves me well.  It's a simple 1/8-oz. ball head jig with a 2/0 Gamakatsu hook tied to mimic a curly-tailed soft plastic grub.

Its looks above the water are promising.

I want to field test this bait in the very near future.  Currently, I can't and it's tough to wait to do so! :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Leather Bug

I've been enjoying my work with leather.  Boot lace is limp when cut in half.  It's very limp when quartered. ;)

  • A 3/8-oz. football jig with a 3/0 black nickel hook.
  • Harbor Freight Powder Paint - brown mixture.
  • Brown saddle hackle feathers (2).
  • Kiwi Leather Boot Lace - dark brown.
  • Rozetti Velvet Chenille Yarn - golden brown.
  • UTC Ultra Thread 140 denier - rusty brown.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A Material That's Somewhat New To Me... Leather

My first try at tying with leather.  It might just be one of the ultimate "Old School" materials that you rarely see used anymore.  However, there was a time back in the early to mid-20th century when leather was prevalent.  Ever hear of a "Plucky" lure?  It had a diving lip on its head that was crafted with leather.  There was a variety of mouse-like surface lures that had leather tails.

My jig has leather from head to tail. ;)

  • A 1/8th-oz. football head jig with a 3/0 black nickel hook.
  • Harbor Freight Powder Paint - green pumpkin mixture.
  • Tandy Leather Factory Premium Scrap Leather - pebbled brown.
  • Lion Brand Thick & Quick Chenille Yarn - basil.
  • Danville Flymaster Plus Thread 210 denier - light olive.
The jig is designed after the shape of a popular soft plastic crawfish. Can you guess its name?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Apologies...Regarding Comments

I apologize to those of you who've visited my site and have left comments that I've failed to read and reply to.  Rarely do I revisit posts beyond the first blog page.  The blog is now set up to notify me by e-mail whenever a comment is added to any blog post.

I promise to do better. :)