Sunday, December 31, 2017

After-Christmas Sales For Tying Materials

Keep your eyes open for bargains on tying materials from after-Christmas sales.  I found some fine tinsel to use as flashabou on small jigs and floral wire for tied-in weed guards.  A silver craft fur stocking will provide a lot of tail material for many crappie, trout, and bass jigs.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Spinnerbait Modification

Replaced my spinnerbait's crane swivel with a knurled screw clasp.  The clasp will allow me to change blades by replacing the threaded barrel section with another having a different blade attached to its split ring.  This gives me a quick change option for switching blades.

Three different sizes of Colorado blades, in gold and silver colors, are pictured above.  I plan to powder paint several more of them with additional colors and to add a few willow leaf blades to my set.

Monday, December 25, 2017


  •  Eagle Claw 249WA-3/0 Weedless Hook
  •  Hammered-silver no. 3 Colorado blade, 2 split rings, and crane swivel
  •  Coats & Clark Trilobal Polyester Machine Embroidery Thread 40-wt. - electric green
  •  Caron Glimmer Chenille Yarn  - apple
  •  Loctite Super Glue Gel
  •  Bullet Weights Rubber Grip Sinker - 1/16 ounce
  •  Clear Nail Polish
  •  FeatherCraft FlyFishing 3/16" 3D Holo-Silver Eyes
  •  Hareline Dubbin, Inc. Baitfish Emulator Flash - fluorescent chartreuse
  •  Michaels Bright Wonder Beads - fluorescent yellow

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


This one's 7.5 inches long. Perhaps a smaller one should be tied for smallmouth bass, of maybe 4-5 inches in length. I'm hopeful that its tail floats well. The combination of dumbbell with googly eyes provides similar advantages to fishing a lightweight football jig. This could be fished as a 'bed dragger' for some in largemouth bass circles.

  • Gamakatsu 02412 Octopus Hook 2/0
  • UTC Ultra Thread 210 denier - red
  • 7/32" dumbbell eyes - unpainted
  • Googly eyes - 4 mm diameter
  • Lion Brand Suede Yarn - olive
  • Pony beads - olive shades
  • Craft fur - olive gray
  • Loctite Super Glue Gel - amazing stuff
  • Clear nail polish
  • 0.3 mm 7-strand beading wire for guard
  • Elastic cord - black
  • Latigo lace

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Recent Ties In Between The Holidays

Here are some 1/8-ounce jigs I've tied recently for winter finesse fishing. Their trailers are made of suede leather with a 'chunk' portion consisting of sandwiched craft foam. I'm hoping to fish these soon as I've been successful with similar baits for cold weather largemouth bass.

The top jig is tied with craft fur. The other two are tied with kid goat hair, which I've never used before, and red flashabou. Kid goat hair is somewhat slick, but it's relatively soft and manageable. The combination of black and red colors (black neon) are popular in my area.

These are hair jigs tied with hair from deer hide (not cut from bucktail). Used a hair stacker for my first time to even the hairs prior to tying these. Their suede leather trailers will darken when wet and feature orange and brown foam chunks as well. I may add a touch of orange-colored glitter or fabric paint to their tips at a later time.

These are bucktails, with their hair cut from the base of the tail.

 More jigs tied with the hair from deer hide. I'm a fan of olive and red flake color.

This one's going to get a workout this spring. Its tail is very buoyant. I'll use a slip sinker or bull shot ahead of its eye to fish it.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Another Finesse Worm

This one has a nice shimmy in hand and it rattles.  Length is approximately four inches.  Its hook is a bronze, 1/0 sproat.

Floating Finesse Worms

Will be back to tying jigs soon.

In the meantime, here are three finesse-style worms tied for river smallmouth bass fishing.  Again, their major components are chenille yarn, latigo lace, craft fur, and pony beads.  Remember well that pony beads float in water.  A fishing suggestion appears on the right side of my vise platform.

Bring some toothpicks along for pegs when fishing these as they can make a bullet weight adjustable in its position along the line.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pony Bead Flukes

Tied the lures below on latigo lace with craft fur tail material, a fluffy chenille yarn, and pony beads.  Pony beads come in a variety of colors and can be combined to produce interesting patterns.  These are designed to sink very slowly as their lace absorbs water.  Their sink rate may be increased by adding suspend dots or small wraps of lead ribbing.  Hooks are bronze 1/0 sproats.  The red tying thread is a 210 denier.

I plan to fish them in clearer waters with either a 9/10-wt. fly or a medium light spinning outfit next spring.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Super Salamander

Comprised primarily of pony beads and Latigo Lace, this 'super salamander' approaches 12 inches in length.  Bulky chenille yarn and googly eyes surround the long lace tail tied onto the 4/0 hook's shank.

I would like to fish this in a farm or retention pond containing trophy-sized largemouth bass and a limited food supply.  However, I'll more than likely cast it about my local reservoir sometime soon.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Recent Works

Now tying worms and flukes with beads and leather.  The beads float, providing an interesting characteristic for designing floating or neutral buoyancy subsurface lures.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Rarely do I tie bucktail jigs.  However, I'm often looking to expand my experience with materials, so I took a little time recently to tie a couple.

  • Unpainted ball-head jigs weighing 3/16 and 1/4 of an ounce with 2/0 and 1/0 hooks, respectively.
  • Rosey's Powder Coatings - Olive Grey 85% Gloss and Green Grey Powder Coating - RAL 7009.
  • Rosey's Powder Coating mixes with glitter - Clear Coat High Gloss 100% with green and red glitter, respectively.
  • UTC Ultra Thread (140 denier) - olive.
  • Hedron, Inc. Flashabou - red.
  • Bi-color tinsel - emerald/magenta.
  • Wapsi Strung Rooster Hackles - olive/natural.
  • Wapsi Bucktail - olive.
  • Lion Brand Suede Yarn - olive.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Designed after the Mar-Lynn soft plastic bait from years ago, only these are made of ice chenille and leather.  Silver glitter is applied to the tail using Tulip Puffy Paint.  The tail's 'rays' are formed by cutting the  leather at 45-60 degree angles in hopes of segmenting the the tail for better flexibility and movement when wet.

Other versions will be created, provided that they fish fairly well.  I look forward to fishing them in the local river while trying my luck for smallmouth and spotted bass.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Tied with kip tail, pinkies are a favored style of jig for my mid-winter to early spring fishing.  I've caught trout, bluegill, crappie, and both largemouth and smallmouth bass with them.

Each is tied on a 1/32-ounce darter-head jig possessing a #6-8 Aberdeen hook.  Used a 70 denier (or slightly smaller) polyester thread to keep the bulk down on the jig collars.

I like to tip these jigs with curly-tailed grubs of about 1 inch in length and fish them beneath a float.  It's a bit like still fishing, but during winter it allows you to take in your surroundings and enjoy nature's wonders.  Do dress appropriately to stay warm!

The image below shows a couple of commercially-tied pinkie jigs with grub trailers attached.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Filling A Jig Box...Gradually

Tied the three of these this weekend.  Two of the jigs are tied with a material called 'Fish Silk' which is sold by FlyMasters of Indianapolis.  The other jig is a tri-color combination of calf hair (kip tail).

All are tied on 1/16-oz darter-head jigs with #4 hooks.  The blue-heads with hot yellow fish silk may have good possibilities for crappie fishing.  All should be fished for smallmouth bass at some point this winter.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

More With Kip Tails

Tied these hair-bodied jigs for float-n-fly fishing.  The hair is stiff and won't move around as much as craft fur does in water.  These might make for interesting minnow imitations to try when the water is extremely cold, or anytime for that matter.  I've fished small kip-tailed jigs before, but they've always been tipped with a tiny soft plastic trailer.

  • Kip (calf) tails - natural black and bleached white
  • 1/16-oz. Arkie Darter-Head Jigs - unpainted
  • Rosey's Powder Coating - silver sand metallic
  • Tulip 'Slick' Fabric Paint - black, fluorescent pink, and glow
  • Hedron Flashabou - pink glow
  • UTC Ultra Thread (70 denier) - gray brown

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Working With Kip Tails

I received a package of jigs for Christmas that inspired me to work with materials I hadn't used before.  They include ice chenille yarn, metallic needlepoint yarn, and kip tails (calf tails).  The jigs are made by Arkie Lures and are called Shineee Hineee jigs.  These combine modern chenille materials with kip and flashabou.  Kip has long been used for small flies and sunfish jigs by many tyers.  Its fibers are short and stiff.

Used Hedron Flashabou, which is a very limp material, for flash and movement in the water.  I'm looking forward to fishing these for bass (float-n-fly) this winter.