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CrappieCHAMP
11-27-2007, 12:21 PM
I'm new to crappie fishing and I'm trying to get my tackle built up. I see that a few members make their own jigs. Are Home made better then Store jigs?? Do they catch more fish?

Who has the best Home made Jigs??:D

Thanks.

deathb4disco
11-27-2007, 02:25 PM
If you tie you're own, you can make them exactly how you like them: the hook size/shape you like, the jig head you like, etc. And it's cheaper than buying them!

Learn to tie your own jigs. It's incredibly easy.

skiptomylu
11-27-2007, 03:29 PM
I'm new to crappie fishing and I'm trying to get my tackle built up. I see that a few members make their own jigs. Are Home made better then Store jigs?? Do they catch more fish?

Who has the best Home made Jigs??:D

Thanks.

Yes! I would say my jigs will hold up so much better than store bought it's not even close. I have caught over 100 crappie on the same jig before losing it to a snag.

I would go so far as to say I don't think a better jig can be bought than mine. Also I can make it custom color combos that you c an even buy at a store.

Look at my web site and I am sure you will see what I mean. If I can help let me know.

Skip

Ken Kinser
11-27-2007, 04:19 PM
Home made jigs are better, lot of people on here tie jigs to sell, Ebay also has quite a few

ERNEST PATY
11-27-2007, 04:22 PM
The biggest problem with store bought jigs (besides the poor quality) is the overall lure/hook size. The store jig makers increase the hook size and body size each time they increase the head weight.

I use jigs from 1/32 to 1/4 oz with the same hook and body size most of the time. Sometime I want a bigger body with a light head and other times I want a small body with a heavy head. The only way to get that is to make your own or order from a custom jig maker like Skip or Jigum.

A good fisherman can catch some fish on anything but will catch more on a good jig.

willsjwills
11-27-2007, 06:55 PM
The best thing I like about making your own is you can use your own imagination with colors, type of jig, hook sizes, weights, shapes. If you're thinking of making your own, I think I would do some research, like reading some of the threads on the jig tying forum which may be helpful. Tying your own jigs is not rocket science, so jump in. It's a good hobby to have, especially during the cold, wet, winter months when you can't get out and do anything else. If you hang your plow, some of us will jump in and lend a helping hand.

OsoFishy
11-27-2007, 09:24 PM
Store bought or hand made if you find a good color combantion or a certain look that you them slabs love than its a good jig!! To say store bought jigs arent very good i beg to differ ive been in the jig making business for as long as i can remember and i never stop finding ways to improve our jigs!! U can check em out at www.grizzlyjig.com Im not gonna get up here and say they are the absolute best but u can bet they've boated a many Hogs!! But I will still tie up my own secrect wepon ever once in a while.

bentpole
11-27-2007, 09:49 PM
Osofishy: Which jigs do you make for Grizzlyjig?

CrappiePappy
11-28-2007, 09:41 AM
I'm new to crappie fishing and I'm trying to get my tackle built up. I see that a few members make their own jigs. Are Home made better then Store jigs?? Do they catch more fish?
Who has the best Home made Jigs??:D
Thanks.

Custom made jigs are generally miles apart from "generic" tackle. The "one size fits all" mentality of most store jigs, just doesn't always work. You've already heard from other members, about the different hook sizes & colors & body styles, etc. that a custom jig maker can provide ... you just don't always find that in a lot of store bought choices. They ALL will catch fish ... but, custom made jigs will outlast most generic store bought stuff, so you actually get more bang for the buck -- even if the custom jigs are more expensive.

Most every custom jig maker is going to think/say that their jigs are the best ... they have pride in their creations, and rightfully so.
I think we have enough custom jig makers, to provide pretty much anyone with any kind of jig they could want ... or dream up :D

Grousefly (Paul Mullins of P&S Custom Tackle)
Crappie Magic (Mike Simpson)
Oregon Slabman
Crappieday (Microspoons/jigs by Keith/Jessica)

These 4 people have supplied me with the majority of my custom jigs ... all different and unique, all seriously good quality products, and all deadly !!

.... luck2ya ... cp :cool:

stinkies daddy
11-28-2007, 10:17 AM
Store bought jigs are crap, I don't tie but have used home tied jigs and they are far superior.

CrappieCHAMP
11-28-2007, 12:15 PM
Thanks for the advice guys, well said Pappy.

It looks like I'm going to get myself a few Christmas presents!!!

To all Home made jig makers..Please reply with your websites, I would like to do business with members.

Thanks.

ShilohRed
11-28-2007, 12:20 PM
I agree tie your own. Its so much fun to pour and then tie them up. And go catch fish on your jig.
Also its nice to be able to tie what works on your waters not what they have to sell.
Also I think any jig that is hand tied it way better then store bought jigs. Also Mine may not be the best. But I think they will hold up against anyones. But I do not sell mine. And so far have not had any of mine fall apart. I glue mine three times during the tying.
Pete

crappiekeith
11-28-2007, 02:28 PM
Being a jig tier I know what goes into making a well tied jig.You will not find these qualities in a store bought jig.
Between the cheap labor of Haitian's and the machines they'll use you can not get the quality.

As said before they are a 1 size fits all type.
We craftsmen utilize so many materials ,hook sizes,thread diameters to achieve a variety of jigs for different conditions that you'll run into.

We use our jigs to verify they work too.
I take a ton of pride in what I'll tie and no jig leaves my vice until I'm satisfied
with the finished product or it'll be destroyed.
My jigs are not cheap.You'll get what you pay for when buying my jigs.....that's for sure.

slab_slayer1
11-28-2007, 06:55 PM
Thanks for the advice guys, well said Pappy.

It looks like I'm going to get myself a few Christmas presents!!!

To all Home made jig makers..Please reply with your websites, I would like to do business with members.

Thanks.
I dont have a new website yet. I had one, but i am completly redoing it. But i can tie a mean jig too!! My favorite is a hair jig. But I also tie marabou, kip tail, and hackle.

My jigs are also very durable. I caught these two the other week on one of my 1/16oz jig with sickle hook.

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p286/slab_slayer/jasondadfishingtripnovember16001.jpg

OsoFishy
11-28-2007, 07:21 PM
Osofishy: Which jigs do you make for Grizzlyjig?
I make some of all of them. There are a select few of us that make them also make the Grizzly crappie rigs.

OKSTATEjiggy
11-28-2007, 07:34 PM
So, if you all had to pick ONE tail material to fish/tie, (marabou, kip tail, buck tail, hackle, synthetic, etc...) what would it be? I always end up putting a plastic back on, but maybe I just haven't given a hair jig a worthy chance.

slab_slayer1
11-28-2007, 07:37 PM
So, if you all had to pick ONE tail material to fish/tie, (marabou, kip tail, buck tail, hackle, synthetic, etc...) what would it be? I always end up putting a plastic back on, but maybe I just haven't given a hair jig a worthy chance.
I myself would choose hair. I love working with it. To me it has a better profile in the water than hackle. And marabou, you can buy them anywhere.

bentpole
11-28-2007, 08:06 PM
I like the Marabou,I don't tie jigs,But to me the Marabou gives a good action.

willsjwills
11-28-2007, 08:09 PM
So, if you all had to pick ONE tail material to fish/tie, (marabou, kip tail, buck tail, hackle, synthetic, etc...) what would it be? I always end up putting a plastic back on, but maybe I just haven't given a hair jig a worthy chance.

Bucktail. It's free and you can dye it any color you want.

guest01
11-28-2007, 08:10 PM
I Just Plain Refuse To Pick One :D They all have a place and time but its just what the users preference is.

chaunc
11-28-2007, 08:30 PM
Why limit yourself to just jigs? Crappiedays spoons are outstanding baits. Need proof?
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e253/ken_e_getem_n/IMG_0001-5.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e253/ken_e_getem_n/IMG_0004-3.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e253/ken_e_getem_n/IMG_0001-6.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e253/ken_e_getem_n/IMG_0005-2.jpg
I'll put them up against anybody's jigs.

shipahoy41
11-28-2007, 10:29 PM
For me, the thrill is fooling those Crappies on something I created with my own hands. I'll take homemade any day because then I know the quality is there and not something just cranked out in a machine. Yeah, I like my jigs and they work for me and others.

fishingpox
11-28-2007, 11:33 PM
I have bought jigs from some of the guys in the forum and some have replied to you in this thread. They make exellent jigs and are easy to work with. give them a try,you won't be sorry.





I'm new to crappie fishing and I'm trying to get my tackle built up. I see that a few members make their own jigs. Are Home made better then Store jigs?? Do they catch more fish?

Who has the best Home made Jigs??:D

Thanks.

crappiekeith
11-29-2007, 02:56 PM
I myself would choose hair. I love working with it. To me it has a better profile in the water than hackle. And marabou, you can buy them anywhere.


Those are my thoughts exactly.