Trout jigs

eddieb

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Do any of you use the pony head jig for trout fishing , if so do you use hair or plastic , Trout like the spinner blades but do they like them on jigs.
 

Hawnjigs

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I've tried the pony head both tied and pinned with plastic and prefer Jigger John's propeller on shank Boolie jig for added metal flash. Past few years tho I've been mostly dispensing with added blades and the trout bite on plain ties or pins has been satisfactory.

Most consistent bite getter for bigger trout this year has been a 1/15 oz #2 hook head pinned with a 2-1/2" smelt color Gulp Minnow with 1/2" of the head end trimmed off. Available #s are way down and yesterday noticed a near total fish kill with dead trout sunken on the bottom of my favorite, and in fact only local river.
 

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I successfully tried the pony head, too, but as HJ writes - and as as you can see from my avatar - I and my customers find the propeller more practically appealing for trout. I would tie it with marabou, wooly bugger style or simply a bunch of marabou. That is personal taste more than anything else.
 

Hawnjigs

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Might mention that walleye at night found the pony head bite attractive with a high vis chartreuse rabbit tie.

The advantage of a pony head is the barb collar version can conveniently pin a soft plastic or Gulp tail whereas a Boolie jig requires a no collar bare hook shank to install a propeller and adapting for pinning requires glued beads, wrapped & sealed string, or? onto the shank to enhance grip.
 

Hawnjigs

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This year river trouting not as productive as the year before which was not as productive as the year before blah blah.

Altho 2" twitch softies remain effective 1" black & light gray mink ties on 1/16 #6 ball heads are better at sticking 10-12" dinks which are now appreciated since the bigger fish are few and far between. And, the tiny jigs will still entice bites from the hard to find biguns, yesterday lucky catches 7, 8, & 9#.

All released of course, likely future victims of meathead poachers. They trespass on private land and ignore the one fish 16" & over limit.

With few big fish around back to enjoying downsizing gear from 8# to 4# Power Pro red braid with 4# clear leader enabling farther casts and better handling on lighter line.

With an annoying amount of jig fouling broken drift weed bladed jigs are not an option & the bite on plain ties seems satisfactory.
 
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eddieb

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I think I will try a few different colors since I have a mold I can make all I need , I like yellow and black with a gold blade then black with a silver blade , let you all know if any work.
 

Hawnjigs

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Eddie being over 1,000 miles separated I have no idea what works out your way. Altho blade jigs have produced nice catches in clean water conditions here I'm currently of the opinion that just a plain single tie mini fluff jig works just as well for enticing all sizes of trout.

Yesterday the same plain 1" 1/16 #6 black head black fur mink jig got around a dozen including 7, 9, & 10# chunks. Interesting that the big girl seriously didn't fight at all and pretty much just swam in to be unhooked and released in under half a minute. The reason being she appeared to be freshly spawned out with no energy left to put up a struggle and maybe knew the drill of being C&R from previous experience. A 10# has been around awhile and we likely might have met at least once before. Actually she might have been shy of 10 after dumping a pound or so of eggs.

Luckily while meathead poacher boot prints were all over the now fished out wide deep pools those 3 biguns were holding in less obvious narrow cuts against the opposite shore banks in sediment built up shallows & bars. It required 4 hours of searching along 3 miles of river to find em.

Please do follow up with your field test results.
 
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