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Old 09-12-2019, 04:27 PM
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Default What material(s) to use on larger jigs?

Hi guys,

It has been a long time since I've tied up any river jigs. All I've used in the past has been dyed bucktail and some marabou for dressing my jigs. I'm wanting to dress up some 3/4 and 1 ounce river jigs for vertical jigging. Thinking for color choices, purple, white, flo-yellow, flo-orange, flo-green.

Looking at all the available material options is a bit confusing with all the new synthetics. What are some of the materials you are using and just as important, why are you using that particular material? price?, ease of use? action in the water? color availability? etc.

Also no one in my area stocks any of these supplies. An online source for your choice of materials would be helpful as well.

Thanks for your suggestions.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:36 PM
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At one time, I used a lot of fake fur -the stuff which sort of looked like polar bear hair, and it worked pretty OK(and regular polar bear hair before it became taboo). I did have a bit of a mental problem in that the fake fur would collect dirt off the bottom, and I felt it didn't seem as attractive to me, so I pretty much stopped tying with it. I've tried a variety of other synthetic items which were offered as bucktail substitutes, have not really liked the action of most. They have a multitude of names, sometimes different names for the same item, depending on who is selling it. Bottom line is that I feel bucktail has the best action of the stuff which I've tried. I use the hair closer to the front, which is more hollow, if I want it to flair more, otherwise just the regular tail hair. Sorry to be so long winded, just recapping about 65 years of my experiences.

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Old 09-13-2019, 07:22 AM
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Thanks Bill
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Old 10-11-2019, 11:55 AM
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I stick with bucktails as well. Last longer and has better action.
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Old 10-11-2019, 04:38 PM
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Well, I picked up a variety of supplies. Couple bucktails, some craft fur along with supplies I had on hand. Dressed these up last night. I think they look good, hope the fish approve.

Most of them are a mix of bucktail, craft fur and either Krystal Flash or hackle feathers.
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Old 10-14-2019, 02:15 PM
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Not bad looking jigs. I have pretty much gone to red or pink thread, think perhaps it sort of simulates gills, or a wound, not sure it makes much difference, but maybe in some cases.... Have to use some color, so I've settled on them.

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Old 10-14-2019, 03:15 PM
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The thread I'm using on these is nothing more than 6 pound Power Pro braided fishing line. Works well and I got plenty of it.
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Hi guys,

It has been a long time since I've tied up any river jigs. All I've used in the past has been dyed bucktail and some marabou for dressing my jigs. I'm wanting to dress up some 3/4 and 1 ounce river jigs for vertical jigging. Thinking for color choices, purple, white, flo-yellow, flo-orange, flo-green.

Looking at all the available material options is a bit confusing with all the new synthetics. What are some of the materials you are using and just as important, why are you using that particular material? price?, ease of use? action in the water? color availability? etc.

Also no one in my area stocks any of these supplies. An online source for your choice of materials would be helpful as well.

Thanks for your suggestions.

Check out kitstackle.com and their Glass Minnows. They're out of Helena MT and are quite popular on the mid Columbia River in Winter.
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Hi guys,

It has been a long time since I've tied up any river jigs. All I've used in the past has been dyed bucktail and some marabou for dressing my jigs. I'm wanting to dress up some 3/4 and 1 ounce river jigs for vertical jigging. Thinking for color choices, purple, white, flo-yellow, flo-orange, flo-green.

Looking at all the available material options is a bit confusing with all the new synthetics. What are some of the materials you are using and just as important, why are you using that particular material? price?, ease of use? action in the water? color availability? etc.

Also no one in my area stocks any of these supplies. An online source for your choice of materials would be helpful as well.

Thanks for your suggestions.
I fish the Mississippi River alot and make all of my own river jigs. Bucktails have been very good over the years. Keep in mind that bucktail hair is hollow and is bouyant which gives it great action. I also use a lot of rabbit fur. They product is called zonker strips. I get the majority of my supplies from Barlows Tackle but get some from Bass Pro as well.
I usually tie my jigs with contrasting colors. Blue/White, Purple/White, Blue/Chartruese, Purple/Chartruese, Orange/White, and sometimes when the water is really clear I use an all black leech imitator.
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Nice!

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