The Zig Jig System
The action of the Zig Jig is unequaled in its ability to attract and catch fish. Unlike round or symmetrical shaped heads which fall straight down, the offset shape of the Zig Jig head creates a zig-zag, back and forth action as it falls. This unique action keeps the Zig Jig in the strike zone longer and gives the illusion of wounded prey, which drives fish crazy. The Zig Jig is a hand-tied marabou jig with a powder-coated head and a very sharp, extra strong hook. It is manufactured by fishermen, for fishermen. I designed the Zig Jig to withstand the abuse from rocks and gravel and to keep you hooked up when that big fish hits. My customers have told me many times that they would rather lose a jig to a hang-up than have the hook straighten out on a big fish, and I agree!
How It Works
The Zig Jig is fished by casting perpendicular to the flow or quartering downstream just a little. Let the Zig Jig sink to within 3″ to 6″ of the bottom on slack line and then give it a good pop with your rod. Drop your rod tip as the jig drops on the slack line and when you think it’s almost on bottom, pop it again. As you are dropping your rod tip while the Zig Jig sinks, reel in the excess line. Repeat the pop and drop action of the retrieve all the way in. If you are fishing this technique correctly, you won’t feel the fish bite. When you pop the Zig Jig at the bottom of the drop, you’ll either pop the jig or set the hook. Trout, and most other fish, will hit the Zig Jig on the drop about 95% of the time. Most of the time they are biting at the bottom of the drop or as the Zig Jig nears the bottom. Under most conditions, if you are not catching fish, the jig is simply not getting deep enough and you will need to slow down your retrieve. If you are hanging up all the time you need to speed up your retrieve or pop the Zig Jig sooner. The water on the White and Norfork rivers is normally clear enough to estimate how deep it is. A good rule of thumb is to count the Zig Jig down at one foot per second. A good pair of polarized sunglasses is a must in order to estimate the depth of the water and to see the fish chase the Zig Jig. When you see a fish chasing the jig adjust your retrieve to the speed the fish seem to want that day. Many times the fish will swirl and strike at the Zig Jig all the way to the boat. Many fish are caught within three or four feet of the boat, including some pretty nice size fish. The Zig Jig is one part of the fishing system that I have developed. To complete the system I needed a great rod and line. The CrossFire rod was engineered specifically for the techniques used to fish the Zig Jig in the most effective manner possible. It is a 6′ 8″ IM6 graphite spinning rod with an ultralight, very fast action for lures from 1/32-5/16 oz. Like the Zig Jig, the CrossFire rod was designed by fishermen for fishermen. I tried many rods and couldn’t find one that would do exactly what I needed. Take a look in any catalog and see how many quality 6′ 8″ one piece rods you can find that will cast a 1/32 oz lure. I knew what was needed and kept tweaking the action, the backbone and high quality components until I finally found right match.
These rods are great for any kind of finesse fishing for trout, crappie, bass, bream, etc. You will have the ability to cast a long way with light lures, the sensitivity to feel your lure, and the power to land the big one.