Author Topic: Use zip ties to attach silicone or rubber skirts to bass jigs  (Read 6341 times)

Offline senkosam

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I've never been fond of tying plastic skirtS on jigs or using the small rubber collar and so a couple of years ago I discovered a different way that works as well, takes less time and stays put. I call them zip ties, some call them wire ties.



Note the arrow to the L wire trailer-keeper. I no longer lose trailers or allow trailers to slide down the jig hook. (The same wire is used for pan fish jigs.)

And best of all .... THE FISH DON'T CARE HOW THE SKIRT IS TIED ON!
« Last Edit: 10/19/15 09:36 UTC by senkosam »

Online MO QWACK

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Heck of an idea!!!

Offline Lamar

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  I'm sure that works and the fish don't care but I like how they look better when hand tied. The reason I went to making my own baits was because I knew I could make a better bait then they were selling me. I didn't care so much about the cost as I did the quality of the bait. So I give each bait special attention to detail. I know it just a hobby but to me it's a pride thing too.

Offline senkosam

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You're right - the fish don't care. I've caught just as many bass annually using wire ties as thread tied skirts. If you feel thread tied gives you an edge, stick with it - traditions die hard.

As far as spinnerbaits and skirted jigs go, at least I can reuse the skirt material again by snipping off the tie with wire cutters and changing skirt colors within minutes.


Offline Lamar

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  They make a rubber collar that you can tie your skirts on and then slip them on and off your spinnerbaits if that's what you want to do. It would be a lot easier then using zip ties out on the water.

Offline senkosam

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I've used them and found they dry rot within a year. Wire ties last and don't slip down like the rubber rings.  I'm always thinking outside the box as part of the fishing hobby and always test ideas on the water, sharing only those that stand the test of time. The validity of any theory or suggestion is in the actual usage of it.  Most anglers I've shared ideas with see the value of anything that can improve whatever may need improvement and I'm grateful they even consider implementing those ideas. It's for them I post them.

Offline Lamar

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   No I get what your saying.  To me it's kind of like Christmas trees. One guy likes to go out to the woods and cut a fresh tree and drag it to the house. Fill it full of old family memories that loved ones and children have made in the past. To them it's more then just a tree. It's pride on keeping a long tradition alive. The next guy goes to the dime store buys the cheapest tree and decorations he can find and says hey it works for me. Then there's me, I have an old ceramic tree that was my moms. I plug it in on the end table and say hey it's Christmas. I don't like the mess. So there ya have it. All three guys have a tree and all three guys says it works for them.
   Oh and when you post something on here and ask for opinions and you get one or two. Don't think their bashing your stuff. They are only trying to help you make it better. That's what we have always done here. Make things better.
« Last Edit: 10/21/15 06:22 UTC by Lamar »

Offline kevin

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how bout the boss skirt collars.. they are little o rings

Offline Justin9j

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I don't like the o rings they don't last. I like the rubber bands and then hand tie with wire

Offline Kasilofchrisn

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I don't make/use these kinds of skirted jigs .
I use a different type of skirt.
I wire all of mine on though and I like the looks of one's guys have wired on.
If the zip ties (and other ideas)
Work for you keep using them.
We all have our own ideas and preferences.
Not everyone likes the same thing.

Offline kevin

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I don't like the o rings they don't last. I like the rubber bands and then hand tie with wire
what type wire do u  use?

Offline Justin9j

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26 or 24 gauge wire. It's used in bead necklaces.

Offline smalljaw

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I'm in the same camp as Lamar, for me I like to try to make my baits look professional even though the fish don't care. When I give a lure as a gift I want the person to see that I did a good job and took the time to make sure it looked good. I understand both sides, there are those that are just after the fish and functional is the main thing and I think that is great but not for me. On spinnerbaits I use 26 gauge wire because I want it to be strong but also look nice, the wire has to wrapped  in a way that makes it look as if a small o-ring was used when in fact it is wire. Om my jigs I like thread, it is super strong and just shows that there was some effort put into it and at the end of the day all that really matters is that you are satisfied with what you made, and if the answer is yes then there is nothing else to add.

Offline senkosam

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Quote
Oh and when you post something on here and ask for opinions and you get one or two. Don't think their bashing your stuff. They are only trying to help you make it better.

Posted a Tip - comments welcome as are differences of opinion. Don't remember asking for any opinions and feel I have the right to reply to replies. Opinions are like that - taken with a grain of salt for all their worth and evaluated the comparisons made via replies. The reader chooses which he likes or doesn't care for. (One liked the suggestion and immediately saw the merit of the tip I shared.)

Plastic wire ties work for me and it is my hope that someone will give them a try to see if they make skirt attachment a bit easier and faster.  Again as always - everyone do as you will.  Any comments regarding the negatives of using wire ties are always welcome - except one - you'll catch fewer bass if you use method X as compared to the above alternative suggestion.
« Last Edit: 11/05/15 19:52 UTC by senkosam »

Offline efishnc

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I use thread, wire ties and the rubber collars depending on material and intended longevity.   Jigs, which are easiest for pike to rob me of, get the rubber collars; my wire form baits, which seldom get bit off, typically get thread or wire ties... and any natural fibers always get thread. 

One of these days, if I ever remember, I'm going to try Denny's thin strand wire method, but old habits die hard.