How to Tie a Wooly Bucktail Hair Jig
It’s late in the Fall season here in the USA, so the water temperatures are dropping as we move closer to Winter. Seasoned anglers know that hair jigs catch more fish in cold water than standard silicone-skirted jigs. They are especially good at catching big smallmouth bass. So sit back and learn How to Tie a Wooly Bucktail Hair Jig, so you can put more fish in the boat this late fall season!
The list of items used for the Wooly Bucktail Hair Jig is pretty short, the core of which is a small leadhead jig that’s had the lead collar cut off. We will include a complete list of the items at the end of this post.
After securing your jighead in your vise, you’ll need to apply a light coat of brush-on super glue to the hook shank. This helps to keep the thread from sliding down the shank when the lure is finished.
Next, you’ll apply some base wraps with your 210 Denier thread. After this, you’ll begin layering your bucktail on with your thread and bobbin. Be sure the bucktail covers the hook all the way around, not just on the top or the bottom.
Layers and More Layers
Your next step will be to use some crystal flash accents in the skirt, to give it some highlights. The Krystal Flash gets doubled over, which makes it impossible for it to be pulled out later on when fishing with it.
You’ll now be adding some deer belly hair. This gives the jig a sort of “head” that completely changes the jig’s profile. The dear hair is tied onto the jig using a zig-zag type of motion, which prevents the hair from getting flattened out as the thread is wrapped around it.
As with the initial layers of bucktail, be sure the deer hair covers all around the jig evenly. Scissors will be used to trim the deer belly hair on a taper. But be sure not to accidentally cut the bucktail when doing this.
The abundance of deer belly hair causes the jig to fall very slowly, making it very hard for the bass to ignore as it falls into its habitat. This means that the vast majority of bites you get will be as the jig drops to the bottom.
The final piece of this jig is some living rubber strands that you’ll add. Living rubber works much better in cold water than silicone skirt material. So it’s important not to use silicone for this step. You’ll be using 6 strands for this jig.
Give the rubber legs a nice collar to hold it all in place, and then whip finish it to complete the tying steps.
The final step is to apply some head cement.
There you have it! You’ve learned How to Tie a Wooly Bucktail Hair Jig! Now go catch some fish with it!
Items used for this project:
- Ball head Jig
- Premium Bucktails
- 210 Denier Thread
- Standard Bobbin
- Krystal Flash
- Deer Belly Hair
- Round Living Rubber
- Head Cement
- 5 Inch Bodkin
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