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I love fishing jigs. Recently I was thinking about the color choice of jig skirt & head. Are so many colors necessary? Should the color of the trailer match the head color?
And what’s your favorite color?

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One could throw black-n-blue & green pumpkin anywhere under any conditions & catch fish.

 

No the head color doesn't need to match the skirt or trailer. For many years jig heads were not painted & we still caught fish.

 

My favorite color is what they're eating today! 😉

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I am no expert, but this is an area that I keep simple.  Muddy water: black and blue.  Clear warer, black and blue. If black and blue doesn't work, I usually switch techniques.  I have some brown jigs with falcon lake craw trailer because it looks so cool, and green pumpkin.  The falcon craw was too sexy to resist. I am a sucker for trying new worm colors for some reason, though.

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I keep my color choices simple when it comes to plastics and jigs. Brown, green, black, white. Head color I don't worry much about. Black or matching the skirt is fine by me. I like to accent the jig to match the "hatch" by using the color of the trailer. 

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Chatterbaits and swim jigs get a little interesting, but straight flipping and football jigs are black and blue or a brighter craw color like pb&j. That's about it. 

 

Mixing and matching the jig and trailer comes into play big time, mostly when I think the water is too stained for the Texas craw colored saw craw and I'm too lazy to retie jigs 😂

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1 hour ago, austinF said:

I love fishing jigs. Recently I was thinking about the color choice of jig skirt & head. Are so many colors necessary? Should the color of the trailer match the head color?
And what’s your favorite color?

All my jigheads are black or brown, unless I get a really good deal on another color. Fish don't care.

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I use black and blue and pb&j most of the time. I try to match my trailer to the jig I am using. Putting a different color trailer on does catch fish but to me it just doesn't look natural.

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Whenever anyone brings up color you are going to get a debate. There is the black and blue and the green pumpkin groups that make up the vast majority of popularity.

Oddly redish brown the color of the vast majority of crawdads around the country doesn't get many anglers attention and should. Then there is purple that works everywhere I fished jigs and nearly every in America including Canada and Mexico.

What is important is your preference so you will fish it often and with confidence.

I make my own jigs and prefer the jig head to be painted the predominate color of the skirt. 

Tom

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I'm in the black/blue camp. Mostly always use a black/blue craw type trailer. Some days claws get some JJ's chartreuse dip on em. That's about it

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All crawfish down here are red! 😉

 

 

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I have statement using more swim jig and for those, B/B, GPS, PBJ

For ones that go to the bottom, the same as above with the addition of a redish crawdad trailer

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I have 3 different jig colors that I throw.

My bottom jigs are either black/blue or the Strike king Sexy Craw, I throw both with either a junebug or watermelon red brush hog trailer depending on water clarity.

For swim jigs, I only throw white skirt with a white or chartreuse grub as a trailer.  If I use the white trailer, I almost always dip the tail in Chartreuse JJs magic.  Chartreuse just makes everything better.

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19 minutes ago, Catt said:

All crawfish down here are red! 😉

 

 

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The crabs and lobsters up here too. I think its the effects of too much methane in the atmosphere... :)

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35 minutes ago, reason said:

The crabs and lobsters up here too. I think its the effects of too much methane in the atmosphere... :)

 

Too much propane! 😉

 

My family probably consumes about 1,000 lbs of crawfish a year, there is no one color of the vast majority.

 

Color of crawfish change from pond to pond within the same piece of property. River crawfish are a black with red dots... can we say black Neon!

 

Then there's trying to imitate bluegills!

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1 hour ago, WRB said:

 

Oddly redish brown the color of the vast majority of crawdads around the country doesn't get many anglers attention and should. 

I hear people mention it in early Spring..Red/Orange, but that's about it. Not sure why.. 

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Having fished live bait during the mid 60's to early 70's  that included crawdads, waterdogs (Tiger salamders) mud suckers, shiners and Shad, you learn prey colors and actions that bass prefer.

All crawdads are not equal. Hard shell crawdads are often avoided and soft shell crawdads are preferred. Crawdads molt the shells as they grow and after molting their shells are soft. I have watched a bass strike a hard shell crawdad and immediately reject it and swim away. Bass never reject a soft shell crawdads regardless of it's color. There is more to bass prey then color.

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I'd worry about where you put the jig not the color so much. I've been killing it with black blue skirt with summer craw trailer at the same time my buddy was getting them on green pumpkin skirt and trailer.

 

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