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I bought a mold that is good for trout jigs and have been pouring and tying my own for a year or so now.  I have had good luck with them.  The smallest cavity is still a bit heavier than what I want when there is no water running at all and very clear water so I wanted to try to get some weight off of it.  It pours with a collar which makes for pretty nice tying most of the time.  Then last night I got the idea to snip the collar and melt it off removing a nice amount of weight and tying to the hook shank.  I also thought it might make the marabou flare more in the water because of the nice tight tie.   Anyhow the jig on the left has the collar the jig on the right doesn't.  My question is does the jig on the right look weird without the collar or should it work okay without the collar?  just trying to get the weight down some.  I also found some new Eagle Claw Lil' Nasty black sickle style hooks that are ultra sharp that I can't wait to try, note that in the jig on the right as well.  Plus they are cheap! 

thanks for looking and for the input on the new style tie. 

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It'd be bad if you were sellling them in a shop... but the fish won't care.

That sounds as if I'm kidding, but I'm not.  A lot of baits are made to sell, not catch fish.  The jig on the right will catch fish, if you put it in the right place, at the right time with the right action :)

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It'd be bad if you were sellling them in a shop... but the fish won't care.

That sounds as if I'm kidding, but I'm not.  A lot of baits are made to sell, not catch fish.  The jig on the right will catch fish, if you put it in the right place, at the right time with the right action :)

I can handle the fishing part, was mainly wondering if it would effect action or not fish as well.   I will keep both styles in the box but sure wanted an alternative to fall a little slower in the water column. 

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Personally I don't like the collar on a jig.  It is too hard to tie and I don't care for the looks.  If you want a bit of build up put on some chenille.

These jig are tied straight to the hook with some chenille added.

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The only ones I don't put chenille on are my Float n Fly jigs.

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I thought about trying the chenille on them cause I use that on my "roadrunners" that I make but I had never seen is used on trout jigs so I wasn't sure if I should do that or not.  I know I'm being picky but sometimes those little buggers ARE picky. 

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Dutch, you do an excellent tie on those jigs.  Too pretty to use. 

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