Bass Gill Jigs

QPassage

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Tied up a few of these yesterday. I started dying my own deer tails this year after the prices they are getting. I like the fact I can make my own colors up. My gill colors came out nice I think. 1/4 oz through 5/8 oz.
 

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QPassage

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Rit Dye 4oz, 1.5 gal water, 1/2 cup vinegar, TBSP salt, TBSP blue Dawn Soap. Heat water to 140, maintain 140 for 30 with tails in the batch "8-10 tails" Cut heat off soak another hour. Rinse in cool water and let dry a couple days.
 

Arne

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Thanks, sounds pretty easy. Will have to try it one of these days. Probably next year, deer season is about over unless I stumble across a few fresh road kills. Arne.
 

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I've been using Fly Dye from Lure Parts online but sadly just learned that they aren't going to carry it anymore!!! I complained loudly!! I'm picking up a few jars of each of the colors they have left. After that It might be back to the Veniards fly dye even though it costs more.
 

RockGeo

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Nice ties QPassage! They look like walleye and smallie jigs. The blend of colors and feathers is good looking.

I too, dye my own bucktails and feathers using RIT liquid dyes and Dharma acid dyes. They each work well but I prefer the Dharma (powder) dyes for bucktails for their richer colors and a wide variety of colors. Creating my own custom colors by mixing powders is fun, interesting and sometimes frustrating. Kool-Aid will work for dyeing small batches of feathers in your microwave but I don't feel you get strong colors and the color tends to fade with use when using it for bucktails.

Thanks for sharing your work!
 
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