I like them all ... big ones, small ones, fat ones and skinny ones in every shape and every color.
Jigs catch fish. Give me one species of fish to target and I might choose a different lure, but give me just one lure to fish for all species and conditions and I'm going with a jig.
Nothing against the retail market, but there are a few reasons why making your own jigs is something any avid angler should consider. Do-It Corporation is my go-to source of components and materials.
1) Quality control
When you pour and tie your own jigs, you choose the head shape, hooks, paint and body materials.
Mississippi River current might call for a more aquadynamic head style than a jig for dragging a sand flat on Mille Lacs. Likewise, the heavy cover on Devil's Lake might call for a softer hook while you might want a laser-sharp, bleeding red Daiichi hook to vertical jig the clear-water breaklines of Little Bay de Noc.
You can also assure a hard, durable finish when you paint your own jigs, and you can choose the right body material for the task at hand, whether that might be bucktail, craft fur, maribou or a combination while resting assured it won't fall apart after a couple of fish.
It's the spice of life, right? Make your own jigs and you'll always have plenty of the sizes, styles and colors you want. You can duplicate certain combinations when they're hot or even preserve color patterns that may no longer be produced by commercial manufacturers.
You can also demonstrate your artistic ability and ingenuity with colors and adaptations.
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather be fishing than racing from tackle shop to tackle shop in search of a certain style, size or color of jig that happens to be hot. I'll have it in my boat.
I also like to keep busy in my boat. I'll have a general idea where to start with colors, sizes and body material based on wind, current, water clarity, weather and the type of presentation for a certain situation, but I can shorten the learning curve considerably when each angler in the boat can experiment with a slightly different combination until we find exactly what the fish want.
When you fish as much as I do and spend a good deal of your time in the snaggiest cover available, it can become quite expensive to purchase all of your jigs at the retail counter.
I don't have Warren Buffett's bank account, but I've at least got a measure of his common sense. Making my own jigs saves me a ton of money.
5) Satisfaction Guaranteed
The only thing better than the catch of the day or even the catch of a lifetime in the bottom of your net is that same fish with a jig you crafted in its mouth.
There are a few more good reasons to consider as well, but I believe one will find it had to disagree with any of the five above. It just makes sense!