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#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:23:17 PM(UTC)
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I got some jig hooks for Christmas and I've been looking forward to tying some old standbys to compare the standard version to the jig version. I have a question though: do I *have* to use slotted beads on the jig hooks, or will standard beads work too? (I didn't get any slotted beads for Christmas, an error I have made Santa well aware of.)
#2 Posted : Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:31:25 AM(UTC)
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When you can't trust Santa to get it right, who can you trust? Smile

Regular beads work fine on most jig hooks. The only issue you run into a little bit is it's a little trickier to get a clean finish at the back of the bead, since it's at a slight angle to the hook shank rather than vertical to it. But that's certainly not a showstopper.

I tie a lot of nymphs on jig hooks (I posted a box full in the "Tied Flies" thread). They do hang up less often, and personally I think they hook fish better. They're usually hooked right in the top lip.
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MNTrout68 on 3/2/2018(UTC)
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