Pic 1 - The component that holds the tail is a shepherd’s hook shaped stainless steel wire with an open loop. I insert the tail and close the loop with thread. Then I install the double rattle and shepherd’s hook on the shank of the jig head. I leave 1/2” between the rattles and the head.
Pic 2 - To tie the collar I tie in a zonker strip at the rattle. Directly in front I tie in four 1.25” zonker strips at NE, NE, SE, and SW. These will give the bait bulk behind the head, like shoulders, and will entice fish with a bigger meal! After that I palmer (wrap) aqua veil chenille that will give the sides some flash. To complete the collar, I palmer (wrap) that first zonker strip once behind the four collar pieces and then bring it through the two top zonker strips. I wrap it twice more in front, then tie off and cut.
Pic 3 - To finish the jig, I tie in a 2” magnum rabbit strip on top and then some pink fluoro fibre at the throat.
So what you have here is an articulated, big baitfish profile tapered from the shoulders to the tail. Tons of movement from the front to the back because of the rabbit. I don’t know of any hot pink baitfish, but I know lots of fish that will eat a bait like this! What species come to mind when you see this jig?
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