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jfraley
09-07-2005, 08:14 PM
I am interested in making my own jigs. I don't know much about the process, but I know that it there are some initial cost. I need molds, hooks, paint, thread, hair, vise .......

Where is a good place to purchase these items. I am open to books for starters too. Any tips, suggestions, or off the wall comments are welcome.

beagler
09-07-2005, 08:17 PM
I was at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville last month. They had the Molds and hooks.
I imagine that had the other items as well .
Try There.

skiptomylu
09-07-2005, 09:03 PM
Bass Pro Shop and or Cabela's!

gooch
09-08-2005, 07:06 AM
You need to check out some of Labills post on the subject. He was kind enough to send me a few of the jigs he has made and they look great. I think I remember seeing his jig tying setup somewhere on the board if you need a visual.

jigsbydirk
09-08-2005, 07:53 AM
to tie your own jigs you can either buy the jig heads through cabelas, or you can pour your own. if you are just going to be doing a few and don't know if you want to tie very many jigs i would recommend just buying the heads, if you do want a mold i recomend buying them through http://www.barlowstackle.com/acb/showdetl.cfm?&DID=6&Product_ID=1450&CATID=59 i own the first mold listed that has one cavity of every size, i buy all of my hooks from barlows as well they have the best prices i have found. If you do pour your own jigs, let me recomend using powder paint, i tried many other types of paints and nothing compares to the ease, consistancy, and efficiancy of powder paint.
As far as purchasing the vise, thread, and feathers/ bucktail Bass pro sells a jig tying kit which is what i first bought when i started tying. It has more than what you need however it is a good price and through it you can see what you like to use, it also comes with a video that was very helpfull in learning how to tie the jig.
i hope this was some help, i haven't been tying for as long as many others on this board but i have been tying alot, feel free to ask any other questions.

jfraley
09-08-2005, 09:33 AM
Thanks guys,

I am going to make jigs for my personal use and I don't plan on selling them. I think I would like to pour my own jig heads. Even if I end up not tying jigs, I could still use the jig heads. I will look into barlowstackle, I was on their site yestarday and all the links had errors.

Thanks again!

TAE73
09-08-2005, 09:47 AM
If you do pour your own jigs, let me recomend using powder paint, i tried many other types of paints and nothing compares to the ease, consistancy, and efficiancy of powder paint.

Except for using on plastic weedguard style. The heat that you have to apply, will distort the plastic making it look like a flower blooming. I have try many ways to get this way to work, and have yet to find a way. I even tried they way that is on there directions and still no good. But if you use regular head the powder is the way to go.

skiptomylu
09-08-2005, 02:12 PM
Most any feathers you want ... http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/index/index-display.jsp?id=cat20542&navAction=jump&navCount=1&parentId=cat20431&parentType=category&cmCat=MainCatcat20431

Thread?... http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/index/index-display.jsp?id=cat20538&navAction=jump&navCount=1&parentId=cat20431&parentType=category&cmCat=MainCatcat20431

Tools? http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/index/index-display.jsp?id=cat20534&navAction=jump&navCount=1&parentId=cat20431&parentType=category&cmCat=MainCatcat20431

Lessons and the like? Click on "basic fly tying"... http://www.f-deans.freeserve.co.uk/

More... http://www.flyanglersonline.com/

Make sure you get the right kind of tools like Whip Finishers!

http://www.flyanglersonline.com/

Hope the links help.

Crappie Reaper
09-08-2005, 02:41 PM
I used powder paint for the first time yesterday. I poured a 100 1/32 oz jigs, and painted them all. The side of the paint container says to heat in oven at 350 degrees. Then dip the jighead into the powder, shake off excess and bake for 15 minutes for extra gloss look. This did not work as the jig would cool too fast to accept the powder. I ended up lighting a candle, heated the jighead for about 3 secs, dipped it, then BEAT off the excess. I then hung it on a wire I had strung between the edges of an old retangular baking pan. After I had done this to several jigs, I stuck it in the oven for 15-20 minutes. They were dry, glossy, and some had big drips that needed trimmed. I am now looking at building a small booth to powdercoat electrostatically. That is what professional powdercoaters do, and it is almost perfect every time.

One of the cheapest ways to start tying your own, just to see if you like it. Buy a decent vise, thread bobbin, flyhead cement, and your choice of maribu or bucktail. Chenielle for the body and your set. You can start with prepoured jig heads. You can find them for about $3 more than buying just 100 hooks. So, you have 100 already poured jig heads for around $10.00. Saves time. I do this on bigger sizes that I use on occassion vs. buying a $35 mold. One hundred jigs will last a long time, allowing you to lose several before you have to restock.

The Bass Pro kits are a good starting point.

TAE73
09-08-2005, 02:57 PM
I used powder paint for the first time yesterday. I poured a 100 1/32 oz jigs, and painted them all. The side of the paint container says to heat in oven at 350 degrees. Then dip the jighead into the powder, shake off excess and bake for 15 minutes for extra gloss look. This did not work as the jig would cool too fast to accept the powder. I ended up lighting a candle, heated the jighead for about 3 secs, dipped it, then BEAT off the excess. I then hung it on a wire I had strung between the edges of an old retangular baking pan. After I had done this to several jigs, I stuck it in the oven for 15-20 minutes. They were dry, glossy, and some had big drips that needed trimmed. I am now looking at building a small booth to powdercoat electrostatically. That is what professional powdercoaters do, and it is almost perfect every time.


I hope you cleaned the eyes out before you baked them, I bent one eye buster trying to clean eyes out. That stuff bakes on rock hard.

Meat on the Table
09-08-2005, 03:05 PM
I have even melted honeycomb and poured it in my 1/32 ounce jig, works real well for a lightweight jig for trout, in shallow water. It will start breaking down after a while and stream out like Ivory soap on a hook or STP on a hook(OLD catfish baits).