ALL About: HAIR JIGS
L ike an old friend returning home after a long absence, the resurgence of the Preacher Jig as a Tour-level tournament lure a few seasons ago kicked off a lot of excitement in the bass fishing community. Young bucks raced to find the big bucktail hair jig, which was the hottest “new” lure for ledge fishing, while seasoned vets dug out their long-forgotten bucktails that they’d formerly replaced with newer tackle.
Sure, hair jigs have been used by some fishermen in various locales for decades. But until the resurrection of the Preacher Jig, coupled with Jacob Wheeler’s win in the 2014 Bassfest event at Lake Chickamauga with a similar style of bucktail jig, many anglers considered hair jigs to be nothing more than wintertime lures. Still others considered them relics of a time before tackle was designed by computers, when people actually had to sit at a tying vise and piece together forage imposters out of bits of feather, fur and fiber.
What got overlooked, even as anglers rushed to eBay to snatch up what few remaining original Preacher Jigs they could find, was that a big bucktail is only one of many productive styles of hair jigs for bass anglers. Hair jigs aren’t just ledge baits or cold-water baits; because they’re tied together by hand, they’re endlessly customizable, and can be fished successfully in all sorts of scenarios.
All shapes, all sizes, all seasons: The effectiveness of hair jigs anywhere and anytime has won them new respect among bass fishermen.