Making Bucktail jigs

I forgot to mention in first post IF you are going to make own jigs you will need a mold  DO-IT Molds have every possible mold you would need

 Tying your own jigs

#1– you need to paint the blank jig head,I use dry paint. I heat jig in toaster to 350 degrees and than dip jig in paint and put back in oven until paint is melted,than I repeat with 2nd coat I lower temp to 275 degree and bake 10 minutes ,this gives you a hard finish. There are good vinyl paints than you can also use.In casr of vinyl I would first go with a base undercoat than once drY add  the finish paint

#2 stick the blank jig in a fly tying vise                                                                             #3  using a size D or E Thread wrap one layer on the tail of jig                                #4  now cut a small amount of hair off bucktail and wrap on the jig ,do this in layers until the hook is covered wrapping as tight as possible. The trick for best success is wrapping the hair in layers as this allows the hair to breath in water which imatakes a shrimp or injured bait fish                                                  #5  You will probably have excess hair around the body of the jig, you can trim this back to thread OR what I like to do better is to fold the hair forward and make another tight wrap.This gives you a little tighter wrap and holds hair a little better                                                                                                                           #6 Once hair is trimmed or doubled back you are ready for the thread coat,several options here but I go with a water based one coat type and I coat thread heavy allowing it to sink into thread. If you add eyes to jig do so before coating thread and than also coat thr eyes. I will put jig back in oven at 125 degrees to dry the coating. There are also some very good 2 part epoxy that works but is time comsuming and can get messy. You only need to keep them in oven 10 minutes if using the one part coating.When in the oven watch for any running and clear it if you see it

 You should now have a beautiful fish catching jig.Everything you need can be found in the stores mentioned on line,Janns Netcraft,Barlows. Terminal Tackle ,Lure Parts,Cabelas,BassPro just to name a few on internet

  Using the toaster overn I can produce 13-15 a hour and after your initial investment you can make jigs a helleva lot cheaper that those made and sold by Chinese  NOW GO FISHING