Tinsel Tail Lures

Tips & Tactics

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If we use your "Tip" or "Tactic", we will send you a complimentary Tinsel Tail Lure.

Del and Mike

Tip #8

Rock Wall Walleye,

During a recent fly-in adventure to north western Ontario, my brother-in law and I opted to try a clear portage lake known for quality walleye. The lake was narrow and deep (80') with high rock walls on one side. Winds were strong and drifting and casting was difficult, jagged rocks prevented us from dragging jigs, no anchor! So........ out of desperation we wedged or tied our boat into the rock walls. We casted out our jigs into 15'-20' of water, let the jig sink for a 5 count and reeled in with the occasional snap of the rod. It worked, we caught walleyes out deep and during the retrieve. We finished the cast by jigging next to the boat (walleye version of the figure eight). The walleye averaged 16" - 19". We averaged of 1 - 5 walleye every time we stopped. Once the action slowed we just moved down the shoreline 10-20 yards. When we found a gravel shoreline we floated into the gravel and casted using the same technique we used on the rock walls with the same results.
1/4 oz tinsel jigs with a twister trailer.

Tip #7
Tinsel Swim Brush Jig

What is a swim brush jig?
A swim jig is the jig version of the swimbait. It's purpose to to resemble swimming prey. It has a head that glides through heavy weeds and stays upright when reeled at a steady pace. The hook guard allows you to retrieve the jig through the thickest cover.

We have five great colors, black/blue, copper (crawfish), purple chub, Red/silver and gold. Available in a 1/2 oz size. Add a plastic trailer for additional action to increase presentation size and to slow the drop.

When to use a swimming jig?
The swimming jig is a great substitute or change-up for a spinnerbait, giving you a quiet or stealth approach without flash or noise. Excellent choice in cooler water and during cold fronts. Toss it in floating grass, submerged trees, brush, standing timber, grass beds, reeds, pads or emerging weeds.

How to fish a swimming jig?
A slow, steady retrieve similar to a spinnerbait retrieve is the key to swimming a jig. Add a twitch or a stop and go technique to entice a strike. You can run the jig at the surface or just below the waterline. Swim it off hard bottom or drag it through mud flats. Watch your line, hits may be subtle. Fish often strike as your bait contacts and bounces off cover. If used in open water you can trim or remove the weed guard to improve hook-up. The Tinsel Tail Swim Jig runs true even when the weed guard is removed. Add a large plastic trailer and use the jig as a swim bait with the added flash of tinsel.

A medium/heavy or heavy duty rod, low stretch, high visibility line and a high speed reel. Keep a extra rod in the boat tied to a swimming jig when using spinnerbaits. When the cover gets too thick and tangles are common, throw the JIG.

Why a Tinsel Swim Jig?
Tinsel flash and sparkle in a proven jig style. Our jigs skirts are hand tied. The unique 3-D jig head with a recessed two-tone eye is designed for swimming and allows a fast retrieve without rollover. This jig will swim true even without the weed guard. A trailer keeper barb is located behind the skirt to secure your plastic or gulp trailer. Excellent for swimming through heavy cover, bouncing off rocky bottoms and flats. In cureent this jig excel and it dances back and forth flashing it'ts tinsel colors.


Spinnerbaits Tactics
Cast the spinnerbait out keep your rod raised and fast crank the bait so a bulge appears on the water surface. This works for active fish around cover.

Use this technique around cover and weeds. Cast out and during the retrieve try to bump pads, brush, logs, weeds or rocks. This is not a straight retrieve, your spinnerbait should be moving from one spot to another in an attempt to “bump” as many spots as possible.
With rocky or gravel bottoms crawl the bait over and across the bottom. Use a smaller 1/4 oz spinnerbait or a minispin 1/8 oz.

Tip #5
Tinsel Jigs for Walleyes
I have been fishing in Northwest Ontario for over twenty years. Tinsel
> Tail Jigs are THE ONLY lure I use. When my guests who arrive at my lake
> cabin ask me what type of lures to use, I show them the 3/8 oz wedgeheads
> and inform them that this is all they need.
> Typically on sunny days I will use silver jigs. Cloudy days or early
> morning and dusk fishing, I will use gold. These jigs are tipped with
> leeches, crawlers, or minnows. The lures are back trolled over shallow
> reefs and rock piles. The walleyes hit on them consistently.
> Tinsel Tails are a dynamite product for walleye anglers. Thanks for your
> product !
Bernie, St. Paul MN

Tip #4

Musky Fishing
Trailer Bait
If you are muskie fishing, have the front of the boat throw larger lures, follow behind (often casting in the exact same spot) with a tinsel spinner bait. You'd be shocked at how often a fish will not take or follow a larger bait but will follow or take a tinsel spinner bait. I caught a 46" musky following an Inhaler bait with a tinsel tail and 10# test. Thank goodness the leader was on! Lake of the Woods, Ontario (7/08). Linda R

Tip #3

Jig Presentation
When first using a jig try practicing in clear shallow water and watch what happens when you work the jig and see if you are getting the presentation you want. Try different retrieves: Twitch the rod , turn the reel handle, move the rod upward to create a long hop and drop. Practice with different jig sizes and tip the jig with live bait or plastic to see how this will effect the movement of the bait. Now you will be ready to start fishing with the knowledge of several different presentations.

Tip #2

Spinnerbait Tactics
Cast and Crank
The most commonly used presentation. Simply cast the spinnerbait out and crank it back at a slow, medium or fast retrieve. This presentation works well when you want to cover a lot of area in a short time. Use in Shallow or deep water. Cast into and around pads, reeds, wood or above the weed beds.

Tip #1

Changing your Spinnerbait blade style and finish can help you increase your catch. The Tinsel Tail Spinnerbait has a quick change blade design that allows you to change the presentation of your lure in seconds. Don't be afraid to experiment, a blade style or finish change can make a tough fishing day into a successful one.

Blade Styles
Colorado Blade - These blades provide the best vibration and are productive in dark water and at night. A colorado blade with run higher than a willow blade if you need to keep the bait above heavy weeds or you want to buzz your bait at the surface.
Cupped Colorado - Extreme vibration – dark water, night and active fish.
Willow - This flashy blade is best for weedy areas. The narrow profile makes them snag and weed resistant.
Indiana - Less flash than the Willow and less vibration than the Colorado.

Blade Finishes
Hammered and diamond blades provide more "sparkle" in the water while a solid finish gives you more "flash". Silver blades in clearer water and brass, copper or gold in stained or dark water.