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Tying Buck tails on jigs with a wire keeper

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Anyone tie jigs with a wire keeper. I got the Diner Shiner #3520 and the Minnow Head #3500. I don't really like tying on a collar but the wire gives me a little extra width to tie with versus just a hook. My issue is the bend tends to stick out of the buck tail. I have been clipping the keeper bend off but I hate wasting the wire keepers. Anyone know the thickness of the WB400? I was thinking I could just cut some wire and put a bend for the head and leave it straight at the hook. Or is it just best to pour without it?

 

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If you don't need the wire keeper, then don't put it in. The mold will pour fine without the wire keeper.

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I will echo Cadman,  just pour it without the keeper.  If you want a little extra width,  take a small piece of ultra chenille and tie it on the hook shank .  That should let you build up the area without having to use a ton of thread and you will have a wider area to tie on. Ultra chenille or nylon chenille work best.

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