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While going over my tackle today I found that the collar that holds the skirt on my jigs has rotted, (New jig in package). This is not the first time either has happened with anything that has a skirt added to it. Anyone know how to prevent this? I was thinking about trying same spray you would use on Mono (like reel magic). any ideas? Thanks.

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That happens, you can take tiny zip ties or braid and save them, or if the skirts are bad.. Just replace them.

Some even use wire...

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28 gauge copper floral wire works great. Tie an overhand knot on one side. Turn over. Same on the other side. Clip off the excess and push in the ends.

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get some small O-Rings at the hardware store...just a little smaller than ones for senkos and that usually works for me

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I'll beat the moderators on this one: Siebert Outdoors offers wire-tied jigs for 3 bucks. Those won't rot. :)

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I'll beat the moderators on this one: Siebert Outdoors offers wire-tied jigs for 3 bucks. Those won't rot. :)

what if you don't like siebert jigs? then you have to use O-Rings or zip ties.

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what if you don't like siebert jigs? then you have to use O-Rings or zip ties.

Those are some fightin words around here brother!

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what if you don't like siebert jigs? then you have to use O-Rings or zip ties.

 

If you don't like Seibert jigs, hey then deal with rotted out skirt collars who ever you feel free to do so.

 

 If it's that bad though, I think I'll go buy a new pack of skirts for a few bucks.  Or take braid and wrap the skirt before it breaks.  

 

Or you could have bought wire tied Seibert jigs....lol

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or your choice is buy your own wire copper or coated wire and tie them weather they need it or not and then if the band rots off then owell its tied

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If i buy Jigs that are not hand tied I generally tie them as soon as i get them because the last thing I want is be in a tournament figure out a collor and that skirt fall off when i grab it. If you don't like Siebert jigs there are plenty of other jig makers out there. I personally use Destroyer Jigs http://destroyerbaitcompany.com/ Jeff will do anything you want and he's a vet.

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I had this happen to a whole box of jigs and now I have the rubber strands everywhere and a bunch of loose jig heads.  They are probably 15+ years old so I can't complain.  I recently bought a bunch of Siebert Storm and Crock-o-Gator jigs.  Not sure if I will try to repurpose or just give them away.  I think most of them are the StrikeKing Denny Brauer jigs.

 

Maybe this wouldn't have happened if I put them in the water a little more often.  :depressed:

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I had this happen to a whole box of jigs and now I have the rubber strands everywhere and a bunch of loose jig heads.  They are probably 15+ years old so I can't complain.  I recently bought a bunch of Siebert Storm and Crock-o-Gator jigs.  Not sure if I will try to repurpose or just give them away.  I think most of them are the StrikeKing Denny Brauer jigs.

 

Maybe this wouldn't have happened if I put them in the water a little more often.  :depressed:

Happened to me and I was a bit peeved.  But, lemonade resulted.

 

I first got a skirt kit and started reskirting jigs and spinnerbaits.  It was challenging for my fumblefingers and results were rarely pretty.  But, I've kept at it and I now buy skirts, heads, wire, etc and have as much fun tying up new combos as I do fishing them....well not quite, but close enough for January.    Now I've got more jigs than I can lose in the next couple of years, but fortunately, I've got family members willing to take some off my hands.

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Thanks for the options. I do have lots of extra skirts. It's just frustrating having this happen on the water. I will most likely go the copper wire route. In the meantime I'll look for some of the other jigs mentioned and see for myself if they are something I my want to switch to. Thanks again, for the imput.

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If the skirt on the bait is a unique color scheme as many are I will "borrow" some of my wife's heavy-duty sewing thread and do a wrap around the existing collar. I like some of the ideas mentioned here though and may have to try some of them. No sense paying for a high dollar spinnerbait or other lure with a nice custom-matching skirt and not taking a minute to make sure it stays put.

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I buy packs of banded skirts or make one up at my local tackle shop. Then I use the small zip ties to secure them. They stay put and it takes no time to do.

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The best way to keep the skirt band from dry rotting is to use a small amount of petroleum jelly on the band when it is new and then before you put it away for the winter. All you do is move the material away from the band so as to not get any Vaseline on the skirt material, then apply a small amount with a toothpick or something similar and they rub it in with your fingers, if you don't get hard water during the winter and you don't put stuff away for very long then I'd say every 6 months you can add a bit of Vaseline andit will keep the band from rotting. I have some well over 4 years old that are fine, I find the amber color and the white color are the ones that will rot the quickest. I do tie most of my jigs but I do make a few for myself that I use bands on but not as many as I once did, tying is a lot better and I don't switch out skirts on jigs so tying them down with thread or wire means I'll lose it before anything happens to the skirt.

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The best way to keep the skirt band from dry rotting is to use a small amount of petroleum jelly on the band when it is new and then before you put it away for the winter. All you do is move the material away from the band so as to not get any Vaseline on the skirt material, then apply a small amount with a toothpick or something similar and they rub it in with your fingers, if you don't get hard water during the winter and you don't put stuff away for very long then I'd say every 6 months you can add a bit of Vaseline andit will keep the band from rotting. I have some well over 4 years old that are fine, I find the amber color and the white color are the ones that will rot the quickest. I do tie most of my jigs but I do make a few for myself that I use bands on but not as many as I once did, tying is a lot better and I don't switch out skirts on jigs so tying them down with thread or wire means I'll lose it before anything happens to the skirt.

 

Geez...Some of the information guys share is just amazing to me. I would never have thought of this.

 

 

 

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Zip ties is a quick fix, tieing down with thread or wire is harder but they last. That green floro wire works but it will rust so try finding some copper wire.

 

Allen

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Geez...Some of the information guys share is just amazing to me. I would never have thought of this.

 

 

 

:winter-146:

 

It works very well!! I learned to do that from an old guy that had a tackle shop that I use to go in to all the time. I bought a jig that was old but still new in the pack and after I opened it the skirt fell off as the collar was dry rotted and he told me when I get jigs to rub some Vaseline on them and it will keep them from deteriorating too fast.

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The best way to keep the skirt band from dry rotting is to use a small amount of petroleum jelly on the band when it is new and then before you put it away for the winter.

 

I like the idea. 

 

Now I just need someone to go through all my jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and such so they don't dry out.  I think my issue was also caused by prolonged heat.  Years ago I had to store the boat outside and I did not put the tackle in the house everytime so they would be in the driveway on a 100 degree day under a boat cover in a closed rod locker.  I bet it was nice and cool in there.  I have had it split the paint and start to separate the plastic on my crankbaits too.

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The best way to keep the skirt band from dry rotting is to use a small amount of petroleum jelly on the band when it is new and then before you put it away for the winter. All you do is move the material away from the band so as to not get any Vaseline on the skirt material, then apply a small amount with a toothpick or something similar and they rub it in with your fingers, if you don't get hard water during the winter and you don't put stuff away for very long then I'd say every 6 months you can add a bit of Vaseline andit will keep the band from rotting. I have some well over 4 years old that are fine, I find the amber color and the white color are the ones that will rot the quickest. I do tie most of my jigs but I do make a few for myself that I use bands on but not as many as I once did, tying is a lot better and I don't switch out skirts on jigs so tying them down with thread or wire means I'll lose it before anything happens to the skirt.

 

The petroleum jelly thing really does work. I was taught that trick a while back, but now I hand tie my own jigs and if the circumstance does ever come up that I buy a banded jig I wire tie it immediately and any potential rotting doesn't ever cross my mind.

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Good info by all.  I have a few skirts still in the package with the white collar rotted already.   I'm going to use the small zip tie.  That should work perfect. 

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