Feath­ers, Fleece, Fiber and Fur

SA Bass - - Flw South Africa -

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:

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