If you’ve been jigging for some time, you’ll definitely have wondered to yourself: exactly how do those assist hooks get tied onto the jigs? After all, you can’t end up buying a new jig every time the hook gets torn off, blunted, bent out of shape or otherwise needs changing! Well, look no further.
You will need:
Dental floss/braided line
Step 1: Double the assist line over to form a U-shape, and tie a loose overhand knot with the doubled-over line. The loop of the assist line should have a height that is about a third of your jig’s length.
Step 2: Slip the hook, point first, through the overhand knot.
Step 3: Tighten the knot so that the knot rests just below the eyelet. Turn it so that the loop is on the back (e.g. opposite end of the hook’s point) of the hook.
Step 4: Thread the loop through the hook’s eyelet and pull tight.
Step 5: Trim away the excess assist line, leaving about 1-2cm of excess. You are now able to use the assist hook as it is now, but if you are kiasu…
Step 6: Bind the excess to the hook’s shank with braided mainline.
Step 7: Tie a knot to hold the braided line onto the shank. We recommend a figure-of-eight knot, commonly used in fly tying, but any knot will do. Cut the remainder off.
Step 8: Apply a thin layer of super glue onto the line.
Step 9: Using a pair of needle-nose pliers, stretch the heat shrink tube until it can comfortably fit over the hook’s eyelet.
Step 10: Place the hook’s shank into the tube and apply heat gently to every part of the tube, causing it to shrink and tighten against the entire bundle of braided line, assist line and shank.
In place of using braided line, you can choose to use dental floss instead. After the line has been bound to the shank, there is no need for the figure-of-eight knot: simply apply heat gently to the dental floss to melt it into the shank.