Styling a Jig Skirt

By Steve Day

There are a lot of different jig skirt patterns on my website; Most of them have a certain way they are made to maximize the skirt pattern, but any of them can be customized. Some skirt patterns have colors carefully placed to mimic a particular type of bait, in some of the patterns the skirt colors are mixed together to create a mottled effect and in others the colors are layered to present a gradient look. Jig patterns with only one color in them obviouly can't be mixed or layered because it's all the same... The pictures below show the same skirt pattern (S44 Copper Craw) first in layered and then in mixed style.

Layered Style Jig  Mixed Style Jig

Looking at the two pictures it is obvious that mixing the skirt colors changes the way the jig looks. In some cases a mixed jig will look better and in others it may not; some jigs skirts are best when not mixed. A baitfish or crawfish pattern with colors in a specific spot on the skirt to make it look like the bait it is supposed to imitate may look okay when mixed, but it will no longer mimic the bait it was designed to imitate.

Bait Style Jig

Another option for styling your jig skirt is a spider cut. This is basically cutting the skirt at both ends to make it shorter and provide a more subtle presentation. This style allows a jig to more closely imitate a small bait like a goby, sculpin or crawfish. You can order your jigs with the spider style skirts installed or order them with full length skirts and cut them down yourself.

Spider Style Jig

Try styling your skirts this year…