We recently had a customer ask about the different options that where available for creating fishing jigs, and we thought it would be a good idea to write a quick blog post about it. Thanks Anthony for the idea!
There are really two choices when it comes to building jigs; Buy ready to paint jigs, or build the jigs from scratch.
Ready To Paint Jigs
This is the way to go when you want the creativity in your fishing lures, without having to mess around with the raw materials.
Step 1 – Pick Out Your Jig
First, just pick out the jigs you want – here is an example from our store – just click the image to go to the jig home page:
Step 2 – Pick Out Your Paint
Next, pick out the paint you want to work with. Click here for Paints Home Page…
There are several painting options available, but you may want to try ProTech’s Powder Paint.
About ProTech Powder Paint
Imagine a paint with virtually no odor, no drying time, no solvents and no mixing. Now imagine a brilliant, super-durable high gloss finish in seconds! These qualities, coupled with a spectrum of 34 colors to choose from, have made Pro-Tec Powder Paint the obvious choice for thousands of tackle manufacturers and consumers worldwide.
A paint that requires no primer coat and no gloss coat translates into more money in your pocket. In fact, 1 lb. of Pro-Tec Powder Paint will cover over 3,000 of your 3/8 oz. jigs.
For the manufacturer, that means paying less than 1/2 cent per jig based on the 5 lb. price. Combine that with a painting process that takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish and you’ve got an unbeatable product. One coat of Pro-Tec Glow Overcoat will increase glow properties of CS Coatings’ Pro-Tec Standard Glow powders.
CS Coatings Powder Paint Features
- Super high gloss
- One-coat coverage with no white primer needed
- No drying time
- Non-flammable and environmentally safe
- Will not dry out
- No mixing or settling
- No odor
- Easy cleanup
Building Your Jigs From Scratch
If you are looking to build your jigs from scratch, then you will need to make sure you get the right equipment and supplies.
Step 1- Melting The Lead
You need to first melt down the lead, and here are two good (and safe) choices to consider:
The low temperature alloy pot holds four pounds of lead, sufficient for nearly all casting jobs using any low temperature alloy. The rugged replaceable heating element is mounted externally for safety and long life. A cast iron body holds heat while a cool plastic handle prevents burns. It is equally effective for production as well as individual jobs.
High Speed melter, with precision heating control. Will melt 4 Lbs. of lead in less than 15 minutes. Suitable for smaller molds. 500 Watts (110V).
Step 2 – Selecting Jig Molds
There are a ton of choices when it comes to the types of jig molds you can create, and it really comes down to just browsing the options and picking the molds you think will work for you.
One of the nice things Mud Hole has done when buying your jig molds is to make sure we marry the mold with the right hook type and size.
This not only makes shopping easier, but it eliminates the hassle of starting your lure build only to find out you ordered the wrong hooks by mistake.
Step 3 – Pick Out Your Paint
See Step 2 in Ready To Paint Jigs towards the top of the page.
Next Step Is To Give It A Try
Hope this helps point out where to get started building you jigs. Have fun!