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DC Crappie Kid
03-21-2007, 09:13 AM
I know a bunch of you guys tie your own jigs. I started about a month ago, and I really enjoy it. I'm satisfied with the visual outcome so far, but they're coming undone after 1-2 fish. The hair jigs that is. My feather jigs last a little longer, but I like tying/using the hair jigs more than feather. My only thought is heavier thread, 'cause sometimes when I'm trying to get a good tight wrap I break the thread. Other than that, I don't have a clue. Any suggestions?

parrotheadcrb
03-21-2007, 09:29 AM
Sent you a PM.

jigsbydirk
03-21-2007, 09:32 AM
drop of glue where you tie of on the jig and being sure to have a good base of thread wrapped on the hook before adding any matierials.

deathb4disco
03-21-2007, 09:47 AM
If the jigs are coming undone after 1 or 2 fish, you're doing something wrong. I've never had a jig come undone. NEVER.

How are you tying off the jigs? Half hitches? Whip finish? The whip finish is more secure, but half hitches are fine, too.

Dirk gave some good advice, too.

DC Crappie Kid
03-21-2007, 10:04 AM
I use a whip finish, topped w/cement. The last one that I had a problem with looked like the thread broke between the wraps on the hook and the first wrap on the hair. So all the hair slid down (still somewhat bound together) to the bend in the hook. I didn't know if I could slide it back up and put a few wraps on it, or not. So I just took it apart and started over.

deathb4disco
03-21-2007, 11:05 AM
Maybe your thread is too light. What size are you using? 6/0?

Here's a video of Bob Clouser tying his famous Clouser Minnow. It's basically a light hair jig. Compare your tying technique to the master.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CnBgL0sAMk


And here's part 2 of the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kKoFLSnFd4&mode=related&search=

fishdoc
03-21-2007, 04:24 PM
i use danville flat waxed tyin thread from cabelas and its hard to break while tyin. like the man said, make sure ya have a good thread base before puttin on hair. and put pressure on ya bobin while wrappin, as much as the thread will take. like deathb4disco i've never had this problem, ya may need an old hand to watch an tell ya what ya doin wrong.

TAZ
03-21-2007, 05:28 PM
I always dip my heads in powder paint before I tie them. After I've finished tying I use a clear finish over the whole head and thread. It works for me. I've never lost one due to coming undone and it gives a nice sheen to them.

coosajimmy
03-21-2007, 08:15 PM
I always dip my heads in powder paint before I tie them. After I've finished tying I use a clear finish over the whole head and thread. It works for me. I've never lost one due to coming undone and it gives a nice sheen to them.super clue,super glue:D

backtocrappie
03-21-2007, 08:23 PM
3 half hitches and head cement. I've never had a fly or jig blow apart, some of mine are 10 years old now.

DC Crappie Kid
03-22-2007, 12:49 PM
The thread that is breaking the most is Danville 6/0. I also have some Ultra Thread from BPS that breaks from time to time, but not as much. I may try some kevlar thread, but I hear you can't color it. Maybe the clearcoat is the secret? All I've been using is a little head cement that came in my fly tying kit from BPS. Just a little bit on the knot after my whip finish. Anything else you can think of?

fishdoc
03-22-2007, 02:00 PM
I Glue All The Thread, The Whole Collar. Put A Drop On It And Spread It With A Toothpick, All Way Around. Use Super Glue. I've Caught So Many On One Jig That They Would Eat The Hair Off But The Thread Is Still There!!!

DC Crappie Kid
03-23-2007, 09:01 AM
Thanks to all. And a special thanks to parrotheadcrb who sent me numerous PMs. I have increased my thread base, changed my head cement (both brand, and application), and will be changing thread next time I'm at BPS. And if all that doesn't work I'm gonna be calling Dirk to see if he needs an apprentice! You guys are awesome!