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Jig Tying Tools - Advice Needed #13429909 02/06/20 11:29 PM
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I would like to begin tying my own crappie jigs and want to get my tools ordered. I'm not wanting to go crazy on budget, but i am a buy once, cry once kind of person, and don't mind paying a bit more to avoid replacing or upgrading in a few months.

I've watched some videos on line and see some different suggestions, but would love to have perhaps a list of items that I should get from the tool side of things. Actual jig materials are pretty easy to figure out, so I'm mainly looking to ask what would be the most used, beneficial, and can't/don't want to live without tools with a tool budget of about $150.00.

A little more info:
1. no dedicated area for fly tying yet, so I'd like to be able to pretty easily break down and store everything after a tying session to keep out of the way of other household activities
2. Wanting to tie mainly crappie/bass jigs
3. Wondering if starter kits are any good or is it better to buy separately
4. Amazon vs. BassPro?

Thanks for any and all advice.

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BigMikeW I am in the same boat myself....thanks for posting..LOL!!! banana

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1. A Good Vice ( not the most expensive)
2.Several Bobbin Holders( probably not the correct name)
3. Whip Finisher
4.Hackle Scissors
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Re: Jig Tying Tools - Advice Needed [Re: BigMikeW] #13430149 02/07/20 03:00 AM
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A good vise is the main tool you want to get. A few bobbins, whip finisher, 210 flat wax thread and some scissors is all you need. Skip using rayon chenille because it is cheap. Nylon is as cheap as you should go. I like New age, antron and variegated chenilles. Get some hackle and flash-a-bou and get to tying. I tie my coffee table while watching TV. A good vise is the only tool you will need over $10. I buy most of my materials off EBay or Barlow's tackle. Crazy Angler also has a good selection. Bass Pro is very high and I have never purchased any tying materials from Amazon. EBay has some great deals if you look for them.

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Originally Posted by Grainraiser
A good vise is the main tool you want to get. A few bobbins, whip finisher, 210 flat wax thread and some scissors is all you need. Skip using rayon chenille because it is cheap. Nylon is as cheap as you should go. I like New age, antron and variegated chenilles. Get some hackle and flash-a-bou and get to tying. I tie my coffee table while watching TV. A good vise is the only tool you will need over $10. I buy most of my materials off EBay or Barlow's tackle. Crazy Angler also has a good selection. Bass Pro is very high and I have never purchased any tying materials from Amazon. EBay has some great deals if you look for them.

NIMROD Tackle is no joke for material also Grainraiser. Very inexpensive coolio

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I disagree with some of what's said, but if you have a Bass Pro or some fly shop near you go there to put your hands on the vises. See what feels right for you. Good rotary vise an mean anything from $155.00 to $700.00.

A good fixed vise can be had for under $100.00

Bobbins, I would be suspect if it's under $15.00 as I want mine to have the ceramic on both ends of the tube and I don't want the cheaper ones with one in the tip and sometimes can come unglued, fall off and then it's your issue to glue that tiny little thing back in the right way. Have had that several times back when I first started some 15 years ago.

If you want more or have other questions you can just PM me and we can chat if you wish.

Skip

Oh and Rayon is not bad at all for catching fish, even the most successful jig I know of used Rayon and it's name is the Gray Ghost, but personally most of my jigs I tie to use have Crystal chenille.


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My one that I can add is to not buy fly/jig denier thread. Buy rod wrapping thread in either D or E size and you will be much happier. You can pull the regular tying thread in two easily. You won't pull rod wrapping thread in two without lots of pressure.


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Thanks for the help everyone. I ended up purchasing a Peak rotary vise and some tools from Amazon this weekend. The tools seem a little cheap, but will get me started.

I also got some multi-pack flashabou and chenille from amazon. I'm not too impressed with the chenille, compared to what I'm seeing being used on some of your jigs. The chenille I got looked like somebody robbed to ends of the toothpicks they use to put in the food at sonic. I could probably practice tying on....toothpicks.

Anyway, could you guys give some suggestions for the size and style of chenille I should be looking at? Anyone here sell materials that could set me up with some assorted packs? Also, looking for a source for jig-heads without the shoulder. Feather's/maribou/fur also.

I've seen a couple of lots of materials on ebay, but would like to support the folks on the forum if prices and quality are in line.

Thanks again.

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Big Mike, Skip on here has everything you need and Crazy Angler is another source to use. Both Skip and Robert are good guys to deal
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Originally Posted by machinist
Big Mike, Skip on here has everything you need and Crazy Angler is another source to use. Both Skip and Robert are good guys to deal
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Thanks. I've got a couple of messages in to Skip.

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Got some tools and materials this past week and have started to type some jigs. I think Iโ€™m hooked! Now I need to learn to crappie fish.

Any color suggestions for stained water crappie? Iโ€™m on lake Granbury and itโ€™s usually about 1-1/2โ€™ clarity.

Thanks,
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Once you start you cant stop! Now comes the fun part, testing each jig fish
They all look ๐Ÿ‘


Side note: can't go wrong with white in stained water





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Originally Posted by gar1970
Once you start you cant stop! Now comes the fun part, testing each jig fish
They all look ๐Ÿ‘


Side note: can't go wrong with white in stained water


Thanks for the input!
I tried a few out on Monday and caught a couple crappie and a sand bass on my own ties. Definitely takes fishing up a notch to catch them on my own hand made jig. I think I'm definitely addicted and am now looking at all of the possibilities in tying jigs for crappie and bass too.

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That electric chicken is another good dirty water color


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