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    This is my first attempt at tying anything other than a squirrel tailed bream catching jig tied with sewing thread and I probably only tied a dozen of those. Got me a vise, some stuff including ceramic eyed bobbins, "real" thread (Danville 210), some maribou, some chenille and other accoutrements. My first jig didn't look too good because I trimmed the maribou. The next 3 looked alright I think. Fish catchable at least. It would have helped if I could remember to put flash in all of them as I make them.

    So far I've learned that wrestling maribou to get it distributed around the jig and getting flash on both sides of the hook, takes some practice, or maybe a talent that I do not currently possess. Doing decent on the maribou distribution, but the flash wants to wind up all on one side.

    I wanted a "Monkey Milk" look but the chenille is darker than it looked in the pictures on the website. Give me some honest feedback.





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    First, only take chenille back to just in front of hook point. Opens up the area for hook to set in fishes mouth. On flash I have same problem, I take a piece or two make a couple of wraps then add a couple more where I want them then wrap. Seems to help me. I know these guys who are really good don’t have a problem but big thing is just practice and some more practice. But those will catch fish for sure. Lots of the astetic stuff means a lot more to us than the fish.
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    Well my Monkey Milk is different and Florescent as well. Jigs looks pretty good especially for a new tier, but the bottom one try to make sure to keep the chenille body tight against the head. Many tie marabou like you do with stem in, but I tie 90% of mine with no stem in the tail. I tear the marbles off the stem and make a stack until I have enough, then I pinch it about where I plan on cutting off the bad ends to length I want, then tie it in.

    I am pretty sure all my fist jigs looked like, well pretty bad, lol!

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    How do you make the body portion fatter? Double wrap the chenille?

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    Looks good brother! There's a few ways to make the body fatter. Bigger chenille or tie you tag the length of the body is my preferred way. Give me a call if you have any questions. I Also got some supplies I will give you

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    Do you guys think the Maribor tails are too long?

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    The fish will answer that Fur. If they short strike the. The tail needs to be shorter, tie it that way next time, don’t trim this one.
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    Nice job from where I set.

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    The way I do flash is one piece that's long enough for both sides. Double it to form a loop and go over the jig head and wrap a couple wraps. Pull the flash tight where you want it to be, up, down, or in the middle of the jig. Wrap as usual.
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    Looks like a gray ghost pattern. The fish should be all over them
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle
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