How to Tie Fishing Jigs

How to Tie Fishing JigsJigs are popular fishing lures for bass fishing. They are a single hook topped with a lead and covered with frilly and usually brightly colored hairs or threads to mask the hook. You have to maneuver a jig to make it appear like a living moving animal. You can make jigs yourself by tying on the hairs. The Palomar knot works well to tie the jig onto your line.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Making the Jig Lure

Things You’ll Need:
  • Weighted hook
  • Jig feathers
  • Clear rubber cement
  • Thread
  • Fishing line
Step 1
Take one feather and hold it against the hook coming down from the weighted top and tie a piece of thread around it a few times.
Step 2
Add some rubber cement, and then add another feather while the rubber cement is still wet.
Step 3
Continue tying the thread a few more times around the new section of hair. Add a little more rubber cement and then another feather.
Step 4
Repeat this process until the hook is sufficiently covered with feathers, hairs or threads and is fluffy and hidden.

Tying the Jig to the Fishing Line

Step 1
Fold the fishing line in half about 4 inches up from the end.
Step 2
Thread the line through the hook at the fold, or bite, of the line.
Step 3
Tie a loose overhand knot with the bite end and the leading end of the fishing line.
Step 4
Loop the bite end over the jig and pull the knot tight.

Tips & Warnings

If you don't have feathers to make your jig, you can substitute hairs or plastic threads instead. Take small amounts of hairs or threads at a time rather than one feather.
Practice tying your knot quickly many times so that you can do it quickly when you are in the process of fishing an area.
Barbed hooks are very difficult to remove from skin if they get lodged during quick knot tying. You may have to push a barbed hook all the way through the wound to remove. Be careful when working with hooks.

Article Written By EmilyTrudeau

Emily Trudeau has been writing all her life. She has recently been working on a blog about gourmet outdoor cooking called Dirty Gourmet. She majored in biology and philosophy at Florida State University, and loved writing with both scientific and logical focus.

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