How To Tie a Marabou Twitching Jig for Coho
Twitching jigs has recently become a very popular method to catch Coho Salmon in rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Coho cannot resist the erratic rhythm of a properly presented jig; even those that seem to ignore more traditional offerings can easily be tempted into biting. A Coho jig is a larger offering than one would use for Steelhead, and has not only more weight but also a larger profile.
While several tackle manufacturers have begun to offer jigs that are designed for salmon fishing, most serious anglers prefer to tie their own.
I decided to write this post to help out anyone looking for a basic guide to tie marabou jigs. I’ve spoken with many fishers and have found that there is a wide array of colors that will work on our Northwestern rivers, but you will find that there might be a few very specific color offerings that are most effective in your favorite area: experiment until you find that magic pattern!
These are very easy to tie and require just a few tools and materials. Before getting started you will need…
- Fly Tying Vise
- Bobbin (Thread Holder)
- Super Glue or Head Cement
- Jighead: ¼, 3/8 or ½ oz jighead on a heavywire hook
- Thread: Uni-Thread 3/0 Black
- Body: Blood Quill Marabou in your favorite colors
Make a decision on the size of the jig’s profile. Select 4 to 5 marabou feathers and measure and cut them out 2” to 3” for larger profile jigs. Select 2 to 3 marabou feathers and measure and cut them out 1.5” to 2” for smaller profile jigs.
Tightly tie each marabou feather next to the jighead individually. (If you want to make the Twitching Jig more durable, coat the thread with a little fly tying head cement or super glue between each marabou feather.)
Make multiple thread wraps to completely secure all marabou feathers, conceal marabou feather stems, and make a clean looking finish.