Hair Jigs and Catching Smallmouth Bass

Catching bass and hair jigs, for a walleye guy, it just seems wrong in every regard.  Last spring though, I got a little creative with my color patterns and made some smaller sizes for taking a casting approach when targeting shallow water walleye or pitching around structure.  1/8, 1/4 and 3/8 ths of an ounce just seem so small when I am used to making 5/8, 3/4 and 1 ounce jigs for the spring bite on Lake Erie.

Copper Perch

I got really creative with the colors when I picked up some different types of Hareline material.  That’s a brand name by the way, they make a large assortment of fly tying materials.  A friend of mine decided she was going to get into a bass league this year NW of  Chicago.  She’s a good bud and fellow staff member with St. Croix Rods and when she told me about this bass distraction, I let her know that I thought I had some hair jigs for her!


If you want to do something like this Firetiger, take a look at the color options in powder paint from TJ’s Tackle.  They have a great assortment colors, disco’s (ice) and glows.

Blue/Black Craw

In some patterns, I looked jig n pig colors like this black with blue flake head and matching craft fur.

Blaze Orange over Disco Gold

I also looked at some of my Rapala’s for inspiration, instead of gold and flo. red, I went with something similar but with gold and orange.  Came out pretty good I must say.

St Croix Rods

I packed a lot of rod and reel combinations for my trip up to the cabin and when it came to plying these hair jigs to catching smallies, my two favorite combinations were a six foot, six inch Premier Light Fast Action rod and a 6’8″ Legend Tournament Walleye Medium Extra Fast.  Both rods were a lot of fun catching the bass, but also the many pike that hammered these handtied baits.

St Croix Tournament Walleye Legend

You might be asking why wasn’t I using a Bass Legend rod, the easy answer is I don’t own one, but this was pretty fun so I just might be calling Park Falls, Wisconsin soon.  Some of my hits came on when the jig entered the water and others while I was working the retrieve back to the boat.

Copyright, 2018


About Mason

Born off the Detroit River, raised in Ida and on Lake Erie. Anything fishing holds my interest from Walleye, Pike and Muskie to a 10 year run on the Ice Fishing Circuits around the MidWest.
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