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Old 12-08-2010, 12:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is everyone's preference on rubber or silicone skirting? Thinking about trying to make my own and was curious which way would be the best way to go. How many strands does everyone generally prefer? I know there are different times when you want a fuller body on your jig and such, but as a general rule?

Are the skirt bands generally good enough, or is the skirt bodies the preferred way to go?

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Old 12-08-2010, 05:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use both and mix and match.

I buy my living rubber in 1-3# rolls and cut it into tabs. I normally use 1 or 1 1/2 tabs per jig. I don' know how many strands that would be.

With the silicone I use 2 tabs. I sometimes tie with wire, sometimes with string and sometimes with the bands. The bands work just fine for me as a jig doesn't last long enough for the bands to go bad.

If you don't have a good source for silicone, I recommend www.fishingskirts.com. The only bad thing with them is the prices get really good by the hundred so I normally wind up ordering about 1500 tabs when I usually only need a few.

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What is a tab?
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I like both Jeff, most of my jigs are silicone, but I do have some made with living rubber, I think at times the living rubber skirt will catch fish when the silicone skirt will not. I like a fuller skirt with the living rubber, like the mop jigs.
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What is a tab?
A tab is usually a 22 strand piece of skirting material when you're talking silicone skirts..And more often than not, 5 1/2 inches long...
I use 2 or 2 1/4 strands on my jigs John...the 1/4 strand is usually just for a little accent color
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Default Re: Rubber or Silicone

I generally use silicone material, 2 tabs and depending on what im making either a half or 1/4 tab for like Mo said accent.
I havent used a rubber material yet might try that before to long


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Anyone have a good source for living rubber?
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Anyone have a good source for living rubber?
You could start here John...if for nothing else than a reference spot??

http://www.livingrubber.com/
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Barlow's Tackle has a good supply of skirt materials at reasonable prices.
Before you get too carried away with 2 types of skirt materials, consider starting with 1 choice and stay with natural colors that match the crawdads where you fish.
Generally crawdads are rust brown or green brown with a wide variety of accent colors from blue, purple, red, orange and black. The best bet is catch some out of the water you fish.
Costs can get out of hand quickly if you try to buy too many different skirt types and colors.
Look at the Skirt Layers & Multi-strand rubber materials section on Barlows web site.
Silicone skirts layers in solid, nature edge and half wire in rust brown, browns, purple, black and greens are a good starting colors. Use collars with silicone layers with and without rattles.
The advantage of silicone skirts is; you can make them up without installing them onto the jig.
Rubber stranded skirt material in black, brown, green and purple are the basics. Use wire or strong thread to tie onto the jig. You can add a few silicone strands for added color, however mixing different materials creates problems tying. I like to split layers into halves and use 3 halves to make up skirts; like brown, purple and green for example.
Tools are needed for silicone skirts; collar tool for example. For rubber you need a jig vice.
My advice "start slowly", you can get carried away easily making jigs that will never catch bass where you fish.
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