Tying Instruction for the "Garrett's Red Baron" (A.K.A. "Amazon Annie") Peacock Bass Jig.
© 2003 Garrett VeneKlasen
Start with a Kalin's 1/2 or 5/8-ounce "Ultimate Jig Head [Call Kalin's direct at (800) 782-2393]
Tie the tail section first using 50-pound Triline "Big Game" or Ande "Green". The stiffness of the monofilament is very important. If the mono is too limp, it will get caught up in the hook. If it's too stiff, it won't have the proper "wiggle" action.
|Cut a 3-inch piece of mono and melt a small ball on both ends. This keeps the bucktail from slipping off the hook if a fish grabs onto it. Place one end of the mono into your tying vise so that the melted ball is right at the tip of the vise|
|Melted Ball View|
|Use a heavy red flat waxed nylon tying thread. Place a drop of Super Glue on the exposed mono right near tip of the vise before you start to wrap the thread onto the mono. It's important that you wrap the thread right next to the tip of the vise. If the thread wanders too far from the vise tip, the mono will give out and the thread will slip.|
|For the tail material, use the darker/shorter middle part of the bucktail. I usually use a red tail, but black, orange and yellow are also good colors.|
|Clip the bucktail flush with the skin of the bucktail and then trim the material, so that the hair is a uniform length.|
|Now comes the tricky part that takes a bit of practice. Place another drop of Super Glue on the thread. Hold the bucktail parallel with the mono and carefully make a loose wrap around the clipped end of the bucktail. Slowly tighten the thread, making sure that the thread is snuged up against the vise tip. It's ok if the clipped end of the bucktail flares a bit. Again, if the thread is not right up against the vise tip, the mono will give and the thread will slip (this is when the cussing starts, but don't give up). With a little practice, you'll be able to make it work just fine. It's very important that you leave a small portion of the clipped end of the bucktail exposed. If the "collar" of thread gets too close to the clipped end of the bucktail, the thread will slip off causing the bucktail to go everywhere (more cussing). This isn't a beauty contest. We're after durability here, so don't worry if it doesn't look very good. The fish could care less.|
|Continue wrapping the thread until the bucktail is secured to the mono. Don't overdo the wrapping or the thread will slip. Tie off the thread with several half hitches and then thoroughly soak the thread and clipped end of the bucktail with Super Glue (don't be bashful here – you're going for durability!)|
Next, flatten the "bait barb" on the jig head with a pair of pliers. Put a drop of Super Glue up against the collar of the jig head. Tie in the thread up against the head of the jig.
|Tie in the mono tail. If you want, now is the time to add a rattle (right where the lead ends at the hook shank). This really isn't important unless you're fishing in a river with very dirty water.|
|Next, tie in a clump of yellow bucktail. I like to tie the jig using three equal portions of bucktail.|
|The two light colored bucktail portions go on the bottom (away from hook point). The darker color should go near the hook point. In other words the dark portion of the jig should ride up when the jig is being fished (the reason for this is that baitfish all have a dark back and lighter belly).|
|Cut a full length of flash material (about 8 inches) and lay it right behind the jig head so there are even halves of the material on both sides of the bucktail (this way you won't have to tie in separate sections of flash on both sides of the bucktail|
|Wrap the flash so that it rides evenly on both sides of the jig. Make at least five half hitches and then thoroughly soak the thread and surrounding bucktail with liberal amounts of Super Glue.|
|Click here to read a real life account of how productive these jigs can be.||The best color combinations other than red/yellow are olive/white, black/white, red/white, blue/white, black/orange, and blue/lime green/yellow/orange/white. Usually this jig should be fished fast (but always experiment with your retrieve rate), snapping the rod tip about every five turns of the reel handle (the jig should stay just out of sight in about two feet of water). The jig is extremely effective on bedding fish. The jig should be slowly bumped over the bed repeatedly until the fish strike the jig.|
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