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Lately I've been getting into tying hairjigs for smallmouth (I also tie bucktails for stripers). What type of hair and color of hair do you guys prefer? I've tied a couple on a stand-up head and they look great. What type of trailer is good for smallies on a hairjig. I think a twin tail black or brown pork rind would work well or a small pork chunk, but need some input. The jigs I've been tying are small (1/8oz or less). I think they would be good in finesse situations. I'm new at hair jigging, but know they can work well in cold water. Thanks for any info on them - Fishinut
 

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Although I haven't used them in earnest for Smallies in a couple years, I had an instance of a 4 lb. 1 oz. Smallie taking one on Conesus Lake (Finger Lakes) in December 16, 2001.

Bait was a 3/16 oz. bucktail jig. Brown head with a perch pattern on the hair. No trailer.

I recall the moment well. I was over a shoreline point and cast it ahead of me into about 12 feet of water while drifting. I "popped" it back to me with gentle twiches of the rod tip. I felt that old, familiar thump and the rest was history.

That fish sticks out in my mind because I threw that hair jig out and got him right away. I couldn't get bit on it after that. Dragging tubes was really the way to go.

Hair jigs do seem to incite stronger productivity in the cold water months, no doubt due to the subtle presentations and lifelike motion of the hair (especailly with the "soft" hair types, such as rabbit hair) when the jig is still on the bottom. They are difficult to fish in windy conditions.

I'm no hair jig expert, but it would make sense to me that the ideal Smallmouth hair jig would have a lighter head - say 1/8 oz. (perhaps ¼ oz. tops with an appropriate trailer), but with a larger, light wire hook (1/0 or 2/0). So many times, we see small jigs with teeny hooks. That's great if they are used for fish like perch and small trout, but the larger hook will serve much better for the likes of bass fishing with them.

Good luck with your homemade jigs. Please keep us informed on the board as to your success with them, will ya? :)

Tight Lines...
 

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Bucktail with chunk

Bucktail works nicley with a chunk. The other lighter materials that fall into the "Hare" category do not. They breathe too easily and break the shape of the jig.

Have fun tying. I love it myself. A lot can be learned from Mr Shafer.


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Phil's jigs

Was fortunate to get an order in and filled before the wind started blowing.

Thanks Phil! :beerchug:
 

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Phils jigs are pieces of artwork..!!
Beautiful stuff !!
 
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