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Ontario Fishing Network
Volume 3,  Issue 12 - Dec.  2003

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Red Pine Wilderness Lodge - Our 8 guest cottages set amidst towering, red pine trees on a 7 acre island is the place for your special remote fishing trip or wilderness family holiday. We are the Gateway to two huge parks: The Obabika Waterway Park and The Lady Evelyn/Smoothwater Wilderness Park. We offer the serious angler Northeastern Ontario's finest Walleye (Pickerel), Great Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish and Perch fishing.

WHITE BIRCHES CAMP in Port Loring, Ontario Explore and fish the Pickerel River system. Lakeside housekeeping cottages, RV and tent camping and secluded outposts. Well maintained docks, and boat and motor rentals. Beaches, recreation room, children's playground, laundomat, sauna. Off season discounts.

Stanton Air & Outposts - We also operate the largest selection of remote fishing and eco-retreat outposts in Southern Ontario. Whether you are looking for a trip to the cottage, a resort, a fishing and golfing business meeting, or a vacation to a remote lake, Stanton Air is at your service.

Sydney Lake Lodge - Canadian fly-in fishing trips and vacations in Northwestern Ontario Canada. Trophy fishing for Lake Trout, walleye and northern pike. The only resort located in both Ontario's Trophy Waters and Woodland Caribou Wilderness Park. We are located on exclusive waters on Sydney and Kilburn Lakes. Unrivalled fishing and wilderness adventure.

Uchi Lake Lodge - Fly-in for the remote fishing experience of a lifetime!!! Fish Ontario for Walleye and Northern. Fish for Trophy Walleye and Northern. Why Fly? Because that's where the fishing pressure is at it's minimum. Ontario's beauty is an added BONUS!

Marten River Assoc. of Tourist Camps - A little North of Lake Nipissing and a little South of Lake Temagami makes for some FANTASTIC fishing vacations!! Planning to escape from the everyday hectic pace of the business or family world're heading in the right direction. Beautiful Marten River with its multitude of lakes and rivers is a year-round family vacation paradise. Whether your intention is to escape for a few days or a few weeks, is more than accommodating.

Fox’s Den Lodge - Fox’s Den Lodge is located next to the Chapleau game preserve on Dog Lake, 1 ˝ hrs northwest of Wawa Ontario. After a 30 minute boat ride from our launch in Missanabie, you can expect to enjoy excellent fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, and Jumbo Perch. We offer American plan and housekeeping packages.

Robs Ice Bungalows - Robs offers ice fishing bungalows on Lake Nipissing near North Bay.

Ice Bungalows - Stay in your own bungalow on the ice on Lake Nipissings south shore

Glen Echo Ice Bungalows - Ice fishing at Glen Echo takes on a whole new meaning. Our "BUNGALOWS ON THE ICE" offer a truly unique experience. You stay on the ice in our comfortable, fully equipped four and six man housekeeping bungalows. Each bungalow features propane heat, lights and stove as well as a table and chairs and a kitchen complete with pots, pans, dishes and utensils. We have even added a TV and a propane BBQ.

Greening Bay Ice Fishing - "For top-notch quality, service and pricing, Greening Bay Cottages offers the best in ice fishing packages on the south shore of Lake Nipissing. Deluxe accommodations, reliable heated transportation to heated huts, great fishing. All equipment supplied. We're the "REEL DEAL". For more information, please contact 705-752-3558

"The Beauty of Tying Bucktails" By Tim Allard

Bucktail jigs are extremely effective, but underutilized, baits for many game fish. These jigs not only catch fish, but are easy to make. To begin making your own jigs, you will need to invest in proper tools and tying materials. Below are the tying basics to start saving a few dollars, and cashing in on bucktails.

You will need a vise to hold the hook while tying. Make sure the clamp opens enough to accommodate large jig hooks. Purchase a hair stacker to even the cut ends of the hair prior to tying to the jig, but you can often accomplish this with scissors. A bobbin is required to hold the thread in place, and some tiers use a whip finisher to tie off the finishing knot. Head cement will increase the longevity of the finishing knot. Pointed scissors are paramount and can be purchased at a sewing or a fly fishing shop. A final addition is a fine tooth comb for removing fluff from deer hair.

For simple bucktail jigs, the following is required in various colors: a selection of deer hair, jig heads, and strong 6/0 thread. Jig heads without a barbed collar are easier to tie. You can remove the barb with needle nose pliers, pinching down the remainder flush with the collar.

To tie bucktail jigs you need: a selection of bucktails, jigs, tinsel, Krystal Flash, thread, needle nose pliers, bobbin, hair stacker, comb, scissors and a whip finisher.

Start by anchoring the jig in the vise hook point facing down. Next, thread the bobbin. Start tying by winding thread clockwise onto the jig collar. Hold the thread across the top of the collar and wind the bobbin over the thread towards the end of the collar. Cut away any excess thread and wind the bobbin back to the jig head. Always wind thread tightly when tying and do not apply thread to the hook. Leave the bobbin hanging free but resting on the tabletop to stop it from spinning; line twist weakens the thread's strength.

Pinch Bucktail and place on top of collar with cut ends even, ready for the thread wrap.

After preparing the collar, select a small amount of hair from the bucktail, lift the tips and cut at the base. I tie my jigs with four overlapping sections of hair. Smaller amounts of hair are easier to work with and the four sections are not distinguishable when tying is completed. Thus, only remove enough hair to cover one-fourth of the collar. Experiment with the amount of hair you tie, less for jigs to be tipped with a minnow, more hair for bulkier offerings, and longer hairs to be used with a stinger hook.

After wrapping hair, wind thread back to the front of the collar to tie the next section.

Once you have cut a section of hair, continue to hold the hair by the tips. Using your opposite hand, comb out small hairs and fluff moving from the tips to the cut ends. This step is essential for jig tying. Not combing out the fluff and smaller hairs will limit the jig's action. Measuring hair prior to tying is also important.

Alter your grip, pinching the cut ends of the hair with your opposite hand. Place the cut ends above the top of the jig collar, measuring the length. A good rule is to keep the overall length of the hair within one and a half times the overall length of the jig itself. If the hair select is too long, trim back the cut ends. If the hair is too short, select another section from the bucktail and set the hair aside for a smaller jig.

Next, place the hair in the hair stacker, butts down, to even the section to be tied to the jig collar. With your thumb and middle finger hold the base of the stacker, while placing your forefinger on top of the stacker. While holding the two pieces of the stacker, tap the base on the table several times. Then, hold the stacker horizontally, and remove the hair tips with your right hand.

Position the hair on top of the collar and bring in your left hand to touch the opposing forefinger and thumb of your right hand, and firmly pinch both the hair and jig. Distribute the hair evenly around one-fourth of the jig collar. Release the hair with your right hand and pick up the bobbin, winding thread from the bottom of the jig head to slightly before the end of the jig collar. Maintain a tight grip on the hair and jig when tying to ensure the hair does not spin or flare out. Return the bobbin to the tabletop and select the next section of hair to dress the side of the body.

Follow the same tying steps as above to dress the sides of the jig, applying hair to slightly overlap the previously tied section. To tie the final section, remove the jig from the vise and rotate it 180 degrees with the hook point facing up and anchor it in the vise. Select and prepare the final section of hair, tying it so it overlaps the previously tied side sections.

Jig turned upside down to tie final hair section.

To finish, apply head cement to the wrapped jig collar and wind on several layers of thread. When winding the final section of thread to the collar wrap further in each direction, covering previously applied thread. Once complete, position your thread just below the jig head and tie a finishing knot using the whip finisher. Cut away thread and apply head cement, securing the body.

Congratulations! You have just successfully tied your first bucktail jig. You can add variations to this simple jig style using different colors as part of your four sections. Remember the jig will swim with the hook eye point upwards, so position your colors appropriately. Tying peacock hearl or stands of Krystal Flash on the sides of a jig will create a nice effect, as will tinsel tied on top of the final layer of hair.


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