Bead and Pin Jig Head
Another alternative to traditional lead head
jigs are 'bead and pin' jigs.   Bead and pin jigs
are created by inserting a pin or very small
nail through a solid metal bead, and then
tying the pin to the jig hook.
I first heard of bead and pin jigs being used as steelhead jigs by Canadian float-fishermen. While float fishing with jigs for
steelhead, you all ready have weight in the form of split shots on your leader, and you are dead-drifting your presentation with
the current (not actually jigging), so a heavy lead-headed jig is unnecessary. Actually a light-weight jig is preferable for
float-fishing, as the lighter jig will flutter and move about more in the current.

I began tying up bead and pin jigs because I
was unhappy with the pre-poured lead head
jigs I was finding. I find that most pre-poured
lead head jigs are generally too heavy if they
have a size 8 or larger hook, have too small
of hooks if they are lighter than 1/64 oz, and
pretty much all have weak and dull lite wire
hooks. Since steelhead have rather boney
mouths and are hard fighting fish, I prefer a
strong and super sharp hook for my jigs.

I now tie most of my steelhead jigs on #4 or
#6 Daiichi jig hooks or the higher end
Mustads in size 8. I generally use 1/2" pins
and solid hemmatite beads that I find at my
local crafts store. The hemmatite beads are
very light weight and inexpensive. I
sometimes use solid brass beads which
provide more weight but are also more
expensive. Using the bead and pin method I
can create a jig weighing less than 1/80 oz.
yet tied on a sharp and strong #4 hook...
perfect jig for my float fishing applications.
Bead & Pin
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Bead & Pin Jigs