Tutorial by "Fish"
SUPPLY LIST: R6 Red Beads: From Zak Tackle, Whally Whale Beads Size R6 Qty. 62 Drill Bit: Numbered Size #42 or 3/32”, I use #42. Yarn: Hot Pink, Zak Tackle #716 Krystal Flash: #21 Pearl Jig Hooks: Gamakatsu Round 26 1/8oz with a 1/0 hook Super Glue: Loctite, QuickTite
First I like to drill up a couple boxes of Beads at a time due to this process takes the longest.
Next trim the collars off the Jigs. I cut the collar into three sections using the cutter on my needle nose pliers, cut behind the first barb then the second barb and then up flush to the Jig head. Then using the needle nose pliers I pinch off half of each section at a time, by crimping and twisting each half off the hook. You don’t have to worry about damaging the hook in this process; I’ve never had a problem in the hundreds I’ve made.
Next slide two, three, or four beads onto the hook, depending on the size hook and your own personal taste, and profile your looking for.
Next take a piece of fishing leader/line, I use 10lb test, about 10”-12” long and fold that in half, this is what you use to pull your yarn and krystal flash through the beads. Pull the material up flush to the top bead against the Jig head. I cut my yarn from the little card at every other fold as you take it off the card, that way you have plenty to work with. For the Krystal flash I use 4 strands, 2 on top and 2 on the bottom of the yarn, when its folded in two after you pull it into the beads you now have 8 strands.
Now’s the time to adjust the yarn around a bit so it looks the way you want it too, leaving the line in the beads and holding every thing to the Jig head, slide the second bead and any others back about an 1/8” enough to put a drop of super glue onto the yarn in between the beads, (this part takes a little practice to get the right amount of glue) a small drop will do, then wait for the glue to absorb into the yarn, then slide the second bead up to the first bead, this will leave a gap between the next bead if using three or four beads and repeat this process to the last bead. Once all the beads are in place I put a drop of glue between the Jig head and the first bead, then pull one end of your leader, to remove it from the Jig, roll the Jig around until the last drop of glue absorbs into the bead and yarn. Then let them dry for an hour or so.
Trim the yarn pretty close to flush with the bend radius of the hook, or your likings. That’s it pretty easy, you can experiment with colors, weights, and Jig head Powder Coats. If your going to Powder Coat the Jig heads do it right after you trim the collars, before you assemble. Personally I think the painted heads catch the Fisherman more than the fish, but I too paint some of mine.
Note from the author
These simple jigs will catch steelhead both winter and summer. Try making some of these with black yarn tails for summer run fishing this year. Tipped with a small piece of prawn meat, these jigs are dynamite.