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I went to our local flyshop when I first started tying jigs...they set me up with some marabou and rabbit fur, a couple different colors of threads, and some fly tacking glue...they didnt have any jigheads so i went to a sporting goods store and picked up some gami jig heads. I made some pretty nice jigs just messing around with the materials. It might also be worth while to pick up some powder paint to paint your jig heads.

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To get started, you will need a fly-tying vise and a few basic fly-tying tools/materials. For me, a good pair of small scissors is the most important. Also, you will need cement and/or super-glue, thread (I only use kevlar and so should you) and a bobbin to dispense the thread.

From there, you need jig-hooks and/or lead-head jigs. If you go the jig-hook route you need to decide whether you want to use barbell style eyes or brass beads for a head. Once you determine the type of hook and head combination, go get yourself some marabou in various colors, chenille in various colors and you will be set.

With the items I listed above, you will be able to make some pretty cool jigs and once you get the hang of tying, your imagination is the only thing that limits you. Google the topic and you should be able to find a few how-to's that go step-by-step through tying a basic jig.
 

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If you live close to Federal Way, I'd highly recommend going to Sportsmen's Warehouse. Call before hand and make sure Michael Martin is working that day. Michael worked for years at the Morning Hatch Flyshop in Tacoma before it closed. He'll be able to show you everything you need to start tying jigs.
You'll really enjoy tying your own jigs. It is really rewarding to catch fish on your own creations. You also won't have to rely on stores to possibly have your favorite jigs in stock.
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What do you guys think about a jig tying clinic???? i would be happy to show anyone the basics. i also have a lead pot and molds if any one is intrested in learning how to pour there own. if you brought hooks i could pour them up. i will donate some lead but if intrest is high we would need some other donations. i would be happy to put somthing together if you guys wanted. i am by no means an expert but i do tie quality jigs that catch fish. im hope there are others jig tyers that would be willing to show up and teach as well. Mike
 

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fish affender said:
What do you guys think about a jig tying clinic???? i would be happy to show anyone the basics. i also have a lead pot and molds if any one is intrested in learning how to pour there own. if you brought hooks i could pour them up. i will donate some lead but if intrest is high we would need some other donations. i would be happy to put somthing together if you guys wanted. i am by no means an expert but i do tie quality jigs that catch fish. im hope there are others jig tyers that would be willing to show up and teach as well. Mike
That would be a great thing for you to do. I really want to get into tying my own jigs. Buying your favorite jigs sucks because most of the time they are all sold out.
 

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I've got a few instructional posts that I did for another board a few years back, I will dig those up and make them available on our site, if you would like to see them beforehand just shoot me a PM and I will email them to who's interested. They teach you how to tie the classic Marabou and Schlappen/hackle jig patterns.

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Jig'n said:
I've got a few instructional posts that I did for another board a few years back, I will dig those up and make them available on our site, if you would like to see them beforehand just shoot me a PM and I will email them to who's interested. They teach you how to tie the classic Marabou and Schlappen/hackle jig patterns.

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Me! [email protected]
 
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