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silicone 11 68.75%
rubber 4 25.00%
other 1 6.25%
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For those who use jigs a lot I have some thing for you to consider, the use of rubber in your skirts. Silicone has taken over so much that it is difficult to find a jig with a rubber or living rubber skirt and it is understandable, rubber does have it's uses though. As most of you know I make my own jigs now except for the Strike King Bitsy Bug, like most of you I use silicone skirts mostly, the color selection is endless, but..... I bought some small rolls of round rubber to experiment with and the results have been eye opening. Compared to silicone rubber is dull and monotone compared to silicone but what I've found is that at times, quite often in fact it doesn't matter and rubber does what silicone can't, trim it as you would a silicone skirt, drop it in the water and watch the rubber flair out and breath, silicone needs movement to be added, rubber doesn't. The other thing I've done is mix rubber and silicone together, it gives the best of both and gives the fish some ting they don't normally see. Unless you tie your own the best way to find them is to go to a custom maker, you can find them with google. The other material I won't cover, here is hair, there several very good threads about hair, all you need do is "search"
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have to agree with you about the rubber Rodney, I love living rubber skirts, I have a friend who dabbles in jig making to build me some jigs with rubber skirts and they have an awesome action in the water. The less colorfull look, is more than maken up for with the way those skirts breath and pulse in the water. He also has started making some skirts with the round silicone mixed with the living rubber, these are really nice skirts and I have started using them more than just the plain silicone alone. I think it makes a difference and that seems to give me confidence and thats what fishing is all about.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Rodney I couldn't take your poll as I use all of the above and more. I have dozens of colors in silicone and probably close to a dozen in living rubber as well as 20 colors of bucktails along with craft hair, crystal flash and flashabou.

Add the sizes from 1/32 oz to 1 oz and you can see how I wind up carrying hundreds of jigs in my boat.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use a wide variety of jig skirt materials depending of what the goal for the jig.
Nothing is better than hair combined with a pork trailer for big bass. However if I want a finesse jig for numbers of tournament size bass, I go with living rubber called frog hair. If fishing for spotted and smallmouth bass than I prefer the round strand living rubber tied into a finesse style buff ball, with some longer strands of frog hair. At night I fish a lot of vinyl skirts, put on in reverse to flare out and falls slower, unfortinuitly vinyl skirts are not made anymore.
If I want a skirt with multiple colors for general use to catch numbers of bass, I use silicone strips, barb wire patterns. I trim a silicone skirt so it's about 3/4" behind the hook bend and use plastic trailers like grubs and beavers.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i use all three. i base my choice on several factors. time of the year, water temp, and forage the bass are eating more predominatley at the time.

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good rubber skirts are becoming harder to find with the popularity of silicone but Bass Patrol has one that's pretty good for the price.

Bass Patrol Round Rubber Football Jig
http://www.tacklecenter.com/bass-pat...ball-jig-26182
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I got away from using rubber but I understand the unique qualities you all have described.
Maybe it's time I started using both on jigs and only rubber on some of my spinnerbaits.
Silicone color variety is amazing, but then again did it really matter in that all my bass taken on jigs a decade ago were dressed with black or black & blue flat living rubber and Uncle Josh Pork frogs? I sometimes think we think too much of what it takes to make a better mouse trap. In other words KISS.
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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here is a tip for those that still use rubber skirted jigs. one of the problems with rubber is that it will melt together. coat your skirts with armorall. not only will it enchance your skirt color and keep it from melting together, but it also makes your skirt slicker, and therefore will give you a better chance of a good hookset.

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I rarely use jigs I wanna get more proficient with a jig. I honestly have no clue about skirts. Where do you buy replacement skirts.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I rarely use jigs I wanna get more proficient with a jig. I honestly have no clue about skirts. Where do you buy replacement skirts.
www.fishingskirts.com
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