Who all does this? I bought a teardrop jig mold online and started pouring and painting my own jigs this weekend. So far I’ve got about 100 jigs done. Waiting on the 2/0 and number one hooks to come so I can make some of the smaller sizes. Got the bigger ones covered this weekend. I thought it was fun and it will be nice catching fish on something I made.
I used to make 1000’s of jigs a winter as we lost a lot in Canada and the Wisconsin river. My friend and I would make enough for our friends and the outfitter we used. I decided the lead fumes killed enough brain cells so I sold all of my supplies.
I make my own mainly because I can make 1/16 and /18 oz with larger hooks than I can buy. The hooks don't fit in the mold very good but it still works. I don't bother painting them anymore because I feel it doesn't matter in the lakes I fish. Beside I still have a lot of painted jigs left from years ago.
A bit off topic, Reinke Bros scheduled to close this year. I wonder if they ever looked for another buyer or are just retiring. I know it would take a wealth of knowledge and know-how to run a specialized business like that. They will be sorely missed.
I make several sizes of regular ball head jigs. Used to paint then with vinyl jig paint, switched to powder coating and finish is much harder and they dry instantly.
Pick up most of my supplies South side of Milwaukee at Reinke Brothers...
I think I fish a lot deeper and slower, not worrying about getting snagged and losing jigs with a box of couple hundred on board!......