June 24, 2011
You can have everything you need to tie your own bucktail jigs for under 50 bucks. You wiil need a fly tying vice, a fly tying bobbin, scissors, fly tying thread, a bucktail, a package of pre-painted jigheads, a package ot crystal flash and a jar of Sally Hanson's Hard As Nails clear nail polish.
Place the jig into the vice.Tie on a single layer of thread to the shank of the leadhead.
Cut some hair off the bucktail and place it on the bottom of the jig. Make 4 or 5 wraps with the thread than spread the hair out so that it is distributed evenly around the bottom of the jig. Next make 10 more wraps with the thread to lock the hairs down.
Rotate the vice and repeat the last step and do the top of the jig.
Tie on 8 strands of crystal flash to the left and right sides of the jig. Finish wrapping the jig with the thread. When your done wrapping the jig lock the thread down with 6 half hitches. Cut the thread close to the jig.
Apply 2 or 3 coats of Sally Hanson's Hard As Nails clear nail polish. This will seal the threads so that they do not unwrap.
This is the finished product. It cost less than 2 bucks to make. I have caught thousands of fish using my own bucktails jigs.