Bucktail jigs inexpensive, easy to make, and effective for catching a wide range of freshwater and saltwater fish. To make custom bucktail jigs, anglers need a selection of jig heads, deer tails, rod wrapping thread, and clear nail polish.

Jig heads can be poured or purchased from a variety of sources. The other materials can be purchased from tackle shops, flea markets, or online. Hackle feathers or synthetic hair materials can also be used in place of natural bucktail.


Step 1. Clamp the jig in a vice and start a wrap of thread around the jig. Cut some deer hair from a section of bucktail.


deer hair for jig


Step 2. lay the section hair in place and wrap, repeating until hair goes completely around the jig.


bucktail jig hand made

Step 3. Wrap the thread over the hair until its covered and smooth. Ends sticking out the front can be trimmed later.


custom bucktail jig


Step 4. Apply multiple coats of clear nail polish until the thread is glossy. Trim any overhanging hair from the front and recoat with polish as needed.


bucktail jig
The finished jig


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