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Thread: How do I make hand-tied jigs more sturdy?

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    Default How do I make hand-tied jigs more sturdy?

    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?
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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=5kKoF...elated&search=
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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAZ
    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

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    3 half hitches and head cement. I've never had a fly or jig blow apart, some of mine are 10 years old now.
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