Snook - Tying Flair Hawk Jigs

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Instructor: Slob Rob
08-23-2019
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Categories: Saltwater Snook
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Tying fishing jigs can be rewarding and productive for catching bigger snook. By understanding specific patterns, you can match hatches or create new patterns. Tying jigs is not complicated, and starting with an 8/0 hook is essential for big fish. Learn how to tie jigs and get closer to catching lifetime fish.

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Video Overview:
  • Introduction: The importance of jig fishing for snook and why flair hawk jigs are effective.
  • Materials Needed: A list of all the materials required for tying flair hawk jigs.
  • Tying Process: Step-by-step instructions on how to tie flair hawk jigs, including threading, material positioning, wrapping, and safety precautions.
  • Fishing Techniques: Tips on how to effectively use flair hawk jigs for targeting big snook in various fishing conditions.
  • Final Thoughts: The satisfaction of catching monster snook on your own hand-tied jigs.

Introduction

Snook fishing is a thrilling experience, and one of the most effective techniques to target these powerful fish is by using jigs. When the water is clear, and you're aiming for a trophy catch, or when visibility is poor due to darkness or murky conditions, there's no better method than jig fishing to precisely target and work an area. The vertical presentation of a jig is almost irresistible for snook, making it a versatile and invaluable tool in every angler's arsenal.

If you're looking to bypass the smaller fish and put your lure right where the big girls lay, nothing beats a hefty jig. You can cast them for miles, get them on the bottom, and work around bridge pilings, sea walls, and rocky structures where the massive fish hold tight. When nothing else seems to be working, throw a jig, and you might just be rewarded with a monster catch.

In this article, we'll focus on tying flairhawk jigs, also known as flarehawk jigs, which are specifically designed for targeting monster snook. These jigs feature an insane pulsing action in the water that snook find irresistible. We'll dive into the materials needed, the step-by-step tying process, fishing techniques, and the satisfaction of catching trophy snook on your own hand-tied jigs.

Materials Needed

Before we begin the tying process, let's gather all the necessary materials you'll need:


  • Jig heads (8/0 hooks for targeting monster snook)
  • Fly-tying thread (durable and strong)
  • Fly-tying vise
  • Scissors or thread clippers
  • Hackle pliers
  • Lead-free dumbbell eyes or lead eyes (with proper safety precautions)
  • Bucktail or synthetic hair materials
  • Flash materials (e.g., mylar, tinsel, or crystal flash)
  • Adhesive or head cement

Make sure to have all these materials on hand before starting the tying process. It's also essential to work in a well-ventilated area and take necessary safety precautions when handling lead or other potentially hazardous materials.

Tying Process

Now that you have all the materials ready, let's dive into the step-by-step process of tying flairhawk jigs for snook fishing.


  1. Secure the Jig Head: Start by securing the jig head in your fly-tying vise, ensuring it's held firmly in place.
  2. Lay the Thread Base: Using your durable fly-tying thread, lay a solid thread base on the jig head. This will provide a foundation for attaching the other materials.
  3. Add the Dumbbell Eyes: If you're using lead-free dumbbell eyes, position them at the desired location on the jig head and secure them tightly with the thread wraps. If using lead eyes, take necessary safety precautions and handle them with care.
  4. Tie in the Bucktail or Synthetic Hair: Cut a bundle of bucktail or synthetic hair to the desired length and tie it in securely at the rear of the jig head. Make sure to leave a small space between the hair and the hook eye.
  5. Incorporate Flash Materials: Add a touch of flash to your jig by tying in mylar, tinsel, or crystal flash materials. These will give your jig an extra bit of attention-grabbing sparkle and movement in the water.
  6. Wrap and Secure: Carefully wrap the thread around the jig head, securing all the materials in place. Use tight, even wraps to ensure durability.
  7. Apply Head Cement: Once all the materials are secured, apply a small amount of head cement or adhesive to the thread wraps. This will help lock everything in place and prevent materials from slipping or unraveling.
  8. Trim and Finish: Use your scissors or thread clippers to trim any excess materials, ensuring a clean and streamlined profile for your jig.
Throughout the tying process, pay close attention to the positioning and proportion of the materials. Experiment with different hair lengths, flash materials, and color combinations to create unique and attractive patterns that will entice those big snook.

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The key is learning how to wrap each element of the jig's design onto the head. Once you know the mechanics, you can crank out just about any design you can dream up.

Slob Rob

Fishing Techniques

Now that you've mastered the art of tying flair hawk jigs, it's time to put them to the test and target those monster snook. Here are some tips on how to effectively use these jigs in various fishing conditions:


  • Clear Water Conditions: When the water is clear, flairhawk jigs excel at selectively targeting big fish. The pulsing action and vertical presentation make them irresistible to snook.
  • Low Visibility Conditions: In darkness or murky water, the jig's vibration and movement become even more critical in attracting snook. Work the jig vertically, hopping it off the bottom and letting it flutter back down.
  • Structure Fishing: Flair hawk jigs are perfect for working around bridge pilings, sea walls, and rocky structures where big snook tend to hold tight. Cast the jig and let it sink to the bottom, then work it vertically through the structure.
  • Targeting Big Fish: When you're looking to bypass the smaller fish and target the true monsters, a hefty flair hawk jig is your best bet. The larger hook size and bulky profile will deter the smaller fish and appeal to the big girls.

Remember, patience and persistence are key when fishing with flairhawk jigs. Work the lure slowly and methodically, paying attention to any subtle strikes or follows. Be prepared for explosive strikes from those trophy snook, and enjoy the adrenaline rush of battling a true monster on your hand-tied jig.

Final Thoughts

Tying your own flair hawk jigs for snook fishing is a rewarding experience that adds an extra level of satisfaction to your angling adventures. By mastering the tying process and incorporating your own unique designs and color patterns, you'll not only have a deadly weapon in your arsenal for targeting big snook but also a sense of pride in catching fish on a lure you created yourself.

As Rob Conner, the expert featured in the "In The Spread" fishing video, says, "Just wait until you start catching monsters on your own jigs, and you will understand how satisfying this can be."

So, gather your materials, follow the step-by-step instructions, and get ready to tie some killer flair hawk jigs. The snook season in Florida is calling, and those trophy fish are waiting for your hand-tied creations to tempt them from their watery lairs.

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