Cryin’ My (Wall)Eyes Out

Walleyes have a way of bringing out my teardrops. Jigs, that is...

I'm talking about one of my favorite ways to fish and one of my favorite lures to fish with. I cut my walleye fishing teeth bouncing, dragging and pitching leadhead jigs on the Mississippi River, and a fair share of the fish I've caught came on teardrop jigs.

In fact, if I could only have one head style regardless of the conditions at hand, I'd choose the teardrop.

Why? In a word, versatility.

The aquadynamic shape of the teardrop cuts current better than many popular head styles. The teardrop also offers a more horizontal presentation because of the way it's designed with the position of the hook eye and the distribution of the lead head itself. In turn, the style and design create a jig that will dart when you want it to, and that action can trigger strikes from even the fussiest of fish.

You can dress a teardrop almost any way you like whether it's body materials for tying, a wide range of plastics or even plain live bait, since most teardrops come with a wire bait-keeper. And it doesn’t seem to matter if I am using a Berkley Powerbait Grub or a Gulp! Minnow, the taper of a teardrop is a perfect transition between jighead and bait, as well as a nice flat surface incase I want to super-glue for longer “tail-life”!

There are just as many ways you can present a teardrop. It's a great choice for vertical jigging, casting and dragging, not to mention trolling three-ways where a teardrop makes an excellent and effective dropper.

One of the other great things about teardrop jigs: They aren't hard to find. Hutch's Tackle makes some of the best available through retail outlets. I craft a lot of my own using Do-It Corporation components, which allows me to choose the hook and paints that I cannot find available commercially.

Either way, let the teardrops flow.

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