How To Make Fishing Jigs

How To Make Fishing Jigs
Jigs have long been a favorite among fishermen because they are both easy to fish and very effective. Jigs are used for a variety of fish species all over the world. To customize these lures so that they are suited for specific situations, some fishermen choose to make their own jigs. With just a few basic materials, you can also make your own fishing jigs.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Protective wear, safety goggles, breathing mask, and gloves Lead ingots Lead pot Ladle Jig molds Large metal spoon Hooks Vinyl jig paint and brush Fly tying vise Fly tying bobbin Fly tying thread Bucktail hair
  • Protective wear, safety goggles, breathing mask, and gloves
  • Lead ingots
  • Lead pot
  • Ladle
  • Jig molds
  • Large metal spoon
  • Hooks
  • Vinyl jig paint and brush
  • Fly tying vise
  • Fly tying bobbin
  • Fly tying thread
  • Bucktail hair
Step 1
Select the appropriate size hooks and place the shanks into the grooves in the jig mold. Most jig molds have a recommended hook size for them. This will be displayed on the mold, or included in the manufacturer's packaging and instructions.
Step 2
Put the lead into the melting pot and turn on the heat. Wait until the lead is completely melted. It won't take long, lead melts at a relatively low temperature of 621 degrees Fahrenheit. Put on all the protective wear and proceed with extreme care when handling molten lead.
Step 3
Use a large metal spoon to skim off the impurities that have risen to the top of the molten lead. Use the ladle to pour lead into the mold cavities. Allow the lead in the molds to cool completely.
Step 4
Take the jigs out of the molds and trim the rough edges off them with some gate shears.
Step 5
Paint the jigs in the colors and patterns of your choosing, Add eyes if you prefer. Allow the paint to dry.
Step 6
Mount the jig in a fly-tying vise. Tie some buck tail hair to the shank of the hook, securing it just below the head of the jig. Do this by first taking a bunch of hair in between your fingers, and then clipping them with scissors so that the ends are all even on one side. Set them on top of and along the hook shank. Make multiple wraps around the bunch of hair ends with a fly tying thread and bobbin. Tie it off using a whip finish knot, trim off the excess thread and your jig is finished.

Tips & Warnings

 
Handling molten lead is a serious matter, make sure to wear all protective gear and proceed with caution. The resources section gives direction to a number of procedures or handling lead safely.
 
Handling molten lead is a serious matter, make sure to wear all protective gear and proceed with caution. The resources section gives direction to a number of procedures or handling lead safely.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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