I'd really have to say the Alien is one of the most versatile heads there is. The line tie is very protected and doesn't hang very easily. It's very, very good in rock, and does better than average in grass. Keep in mind, too, the weight is often the most important thing about the jig. You really have to match the weight to the conditions, regardless of all other things.
looking to buy some northstar jigs...whats the best jig type for throwing in any cover? the most versatile jig head
I don't really see the need to expand on the original topic, but I will say this, I will guarantee you that I have landed and weighed more fish after switching to Northstar jigs than I have with any other previously. They just work, the hook, the head, the skirts, the paint. They do just what they're supposed to do, and I like that. I could build my own, but why?