Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bottom-Walking Brownie

Tied this one up this evening on a 'Lead Free Jigs' Custom Hooksup Jig.  It's a natural for this design.  This jig should slide along gravel bottoms like a 'sled'.  Its head shape is perfect for Tulip Paint Eyes.  Can't wait to fish it next year. :)

  • Milani Nail Lacquer #35 (Brown-A-Licious) or Cover Girl Continuous Color 3-in-1 Nail Polish 36M (Autumn Flame)
  • Lion Brand Yarn 'Lion Suede' - coffee
  • UTC Ultra Thread (140 denier) - rusty brown
  • Elastic rubber legs - white
  • Tulip Slick Designer Fabric Paints - black and fluorescent yellow
  • Devcon 2 Ton 30-Minute Epoxy
  • Lead Free Jigs Hooksup Jig - custom head weighing 1/9 of an ounce with a 1/0 hook
  • Tandy Leather Factory Premium Leather Remnant - pebbled brown

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Updating Old Lures

Ever tie onto an old lure?  My Dad did, quite frequently, whenever he wanted to replace a skirt or tail that wasn't readily available.  I have a small collection of spinners and spinnerbaits that he modified.

Thought I'd carry this forward by updating an old no-name bass popper that was laying inside of a vintage tackle box.


More to come on the jig front shortly.  Have a great holiday season.

Friday, October 9, 2015


Created a couple of jig trailers recently with the use of leather and craft foam.  The design is simple.  It's simply a square of pebble-grained leather with dog ears and a tongue for the hook bend.  Craft foam is glued to the leather using E6000 adhesive.  It's my hope that these jigs will produce some pretty good action with a lift/drop or a hopping retrieve.  Even a slow, steady retrieve with, maybe, a pause now and then might work well with this combo.

Used the green foam for buoyancy and, hopefully, as an attractant.  I look forward to fishing these to see if they will work well on largemouth bass.


  • Eagle Claw Round Ball Jig JB0018U - 1/8 ounce
  • Hancock Fabrics Deluxe Craft Fur - sage/olive gray
  • Rosey's Powder Paint and Harbor Freight Powder Paint Mixture - black brown/safety blue/yellow (1:1:1 ratio)
  • Rosey's Powder Paint and Harbor Freight Powder Paint Mixture - safety blue/red/yellow (1:1:1 ratio)
  • Coats Trilobal Polyester Machine Embroidery Thread (40-wt.) - olive
  • Tandy Leather Factory Premium Leather Remnant - brown
  • 4Kids Funky Foam Sheet 2mm - green
  • E6000 Adhesive
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish - clear

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Jigs With Trailers Coming Soon...

Jigs with trailers coming soon...

In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful and nostalgic video.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saddle-Tailed, Silicone-Skirted Jig

  •  Sportsman's Warehouse Wapsi Strung Rooster Saddle Long CSW141 - sculpin olive/white
  •  FlyMasters Wapsi Sili Legs SF320 - olive/black flake
  •  Hareline-Dubbin, Inc. Crazy Legs CL297 - Pumpkin/olive black flake
  •  Kreinik Very Fine #4 Braid 009 - emerald
  •  Lion Brand Suede Yarn (discontinued) - olive
  •  Coats Trilobal Polyester Machine Embroidery Thread 444 40-wt. - olive
  •  Eagle Claw 1/8-Oz. Ball Head Jig JB0018U
  •  Experimental Powder Paint Mixture (Rosey's and Harbor Freight) - safety blue/red/yellow 1:1:1 ratio

Friday, July 10, 2015

More Chenille-Bodied Tube Style Baits

Added a couple of olive-colored tubes to my box recently.  Used Lion Brand Suede Yarn (olive) and Wapsi Sili Legs (olive/black flake) to form the bodies and tentacles.  Dotted the bodies with black Tulip Puffy Paint.

If the rain would ever end for a while, perhaps I'll field test them in the local river.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Chenille-Bodied Tube Style Bait

It's fun to mimic commercially-produced soft plastic baits like crayfish, tubes, and worms with fabric and, sometimes, silicone.  Here's one such bait, a bass tube, that I designed and tied the other night.

  • Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Worm Hook L3001GK-2/0 - black pearl
  • Hareline-Dubbin, Inc. Crazy Legs - pumpkin/olive black flake
  • Bullet Weights Rubber Grip Sinker - 1/8 ounce
  • Beadalon 7-Strand Stainless Steel Coated Beading Wire - 0.61 mm/0.024 in
  • Tulip Puffy Paint - green
  • Coats & Clark Trilobal Polyester Machine Embroidery Thread 40-wt. - chona brown
  • Hobby Lobby Baby Bee Dreamy Super Soft Yarn - chocolate
Used hemostats to bend and form the beading wire.  Kept good tension on the yarn as it was triple wrapped.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 Jig Swap #29

Just finished tying these for the jig swap.  There are 18 participants.  Should be interesting to see the jigs I'll receive in return.  Will try to remember to post a photo of them here.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Black Sparkle Bug

  • Wapsi Saddle Hackles (2 @ 4-6") - black
  • Danville's Flat Waxed Nylon Thread (140 denier) - black
  • Spirit River Real Eyes Plus (7/32") - yellow
  • Caron Glimmer Yarn - black
  • Bullet Weights Rubber Grip Sinker (1/16 ounce)
  • Bungee cord rubber strands (3) - white/off white
  • Cousin's Cord Basics 7-Strand Beading Wire (0.3mm) - black
  • Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp EWG Worm Hook - 2/0

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pepper Heads & A "Flying V" Trailer

Painted and tied several "pepper"-headed jigs last weekend.  Fine black glitter mixed with a clear powder coat works well for a "black spot" effect.  Fish likely won't care, but I think that it looks interesting.  It's simple and fun to do.  All jigs weigh 1/8 of an ounce and have #2 bronze hooks.

Next up is my "Flying V" jig trailer.  It's simply a "V" cut from a piece of supple brown leather and trimmed to form a tongue that overlaps the hook point.  Two projecting appendages provide action behind the hair of the jig.  Photos follow that should show you what I mean. :)

Used craft foam to supply the trailer a little 'lift' when wet.  Originally, I thought about gluing the two pieces together and then onto the leather.  However, the idea of using needle and thread seemed appealing to me since I would be gluing with Fabri-Tac which requires thorough room ventilation.  I did not want to leave the windows open, so this is my result.  Black upholstery thread works well if you are careful with your knots.  You might notice that I pinched a corner of foam off as I cinched down on my knot. :(  All in all, I don't believe that this trailer turned out badly for my first try.  Though, the fish will let me know one way or another... ;)