Feathers, Fleece, Fiber and Fur
So how much hair is really in a hair jig? Actually, it could be none at all.
These days, the term “hair jig” includes all types of jigs tied with basically anything other than silicone and round rubber. There are hair jigs made with Icelandic goat wool, imported European duck feathers, rabbit fur, bear hair, all types of synthetic materials and much more, though bucktail and various feathers are the most popular “ingredients.”
Some types of materials flare enticingly when the jig changes direction or wave when it’s pulled in motion, while others stream straight behind. Some soak up water, while others shed it. Some are highly buoyant.
Every angler and jig tier has a preference – and a reason – for choosing each type of material and tying or trimming it in such a way to achieve the right balance of length, bulk, buoyancy, color and movement.
What follows is a rundown of some of the more common materials used to tie hair jigs: