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Tying the micro jig

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I have been tying micro jigs and wanted to get some opinions. Last trip down to Taney I was using a /124 oz when the water came up and not getting many bites. I trimmed the maribou at the bottom to just below the hook (straight across) and it seemed to help. Is there any general length guideline to go by when tying these things?

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How are you cutting the marabou?

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I have noticed that sometimes they prefer the lazy action created when the tail is shortened. Depends on the mood of the fish I think.

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I've found that a straight cut jig is no where as affective as a pinched cut. If you hold tight the part you don't want to cut and pull the ends off with the other hand, it leaves a rough edge.

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I haven't tried that. When you pull the ends are you actually breaking the maribou or just pulling out altogether?

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I agree with Phil, pulling it apart at the length you want is the way to go.

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Phil is absolutely correct. I've been told by proficient fly tiers, never cut marabou, always tear.

Don

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Pinch hard and tear the fibers.

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Yup. I just pinch it at the length I want and then tear the marabou off. The individual strands just pop off where you're pinching it. It keeps the tips naturally ragged, which improves the action of the marabou.

By the way, what size and color are you tying?

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The only size I have been tying is 1/124 oz, black, olive, white, ginger, and coral (I use the coral mainly in warm water around home for bluegill, crappie, rockbass, etc)

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The pinch method work fine. Something you may want to try is the marabou from the butt's of hackle feather's. It is much nicer for real small flies. I find it much better for tailing emerger's and even small jig's. Give it a try. It is something that most people just throw out LOL. It is fuller than regular marabou and is much shorter to. The ends end in a point and I think it just moves better in the water. You can get it in any color that hackle is dyed in or natural. In fact I am tying 10 dozen Flavilinea Emerger's of my own pattern for Dan Bailey's right now. Just thought about it when I read this post. Another very good place to get Marabou like this is off of hen capes and saddles. Good Tying Ron

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I am curious about micro jigs. I know you can fish them on a fly rod, but are they effective in low water. How are they fished this way? Dead drift? Stripped? Techniques? Also how are they fished on spinning gear? Might be a good way to get my grandson into trout fishing with me.

Dano

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Dano!

Fish them they same way we pitch any Dropper rig! A Bobber works well with the spin gear! Allow the same length of line the same way you set a dropper; that being 1 1/2 to 2 times the water depth depending on the flow rate! I like to set them to run about 2-3" off the bottom!

The only real difference between a beadhead and a Micro Jig is the way it hangs in the water! The jig will normally hang hook up!

FliTrap

FliTrap

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