How To Make A DIY Jig Box (For Bucktails, Flair Hawks & Pre-Rigged Jigs)
How do you store your bucktails, flair hawks, or pre-rigged jigs?
In the fly fishing world, they have fly boxes to store their flies.
These boxes have foam on the bottom that you stick the hooks in so that the flies stay in place and don’t get damaged rolling or laying on top of each other.
I couldn’t find something similar for the big inshore saltwater lures I use, so I made one myself!
And in this video, I’m going to show you exactly how I did it, so you can make one, too.
Check it out below.
How To Make A DIY Jig Box [VIDEO]
If you’re using flair hawks or bucktail jigs, you don’t want the skirts to be getting crumpled or bent, because that could affect how they look underwater.
An easy way to store these safely is in a foam-lined box.
You can just stick the hooks in the foam to keep them in place so they don’t roll around.
This type of box could also be helpful for storing soft plastics pre-rigged on jig heads, as well as other lures you don’t want rolling around getting tangled, like topwater lures.
I couldn’t find any boxes like this in the size I needed, so I made one myself.
Here are the steps for making this jig box, as well as what you’ll need:
- EVA foam (I used 10 mm foam)
- Plastic project box (without slots like most tackle boxes have)
- Gorilla Glue spray adhesive (or similar type of glue)
You can get these from your local craft store, like Jo-Ann’s, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby.
- Get all your materials together
- Cut the foam to fit snugly in the bottom of the box
- Spray Gorilla Glue spray adhesive on both the box and the foam
- Let the spray sit for a minute until it becomes tacky
- Place the foam into the box
And one last tip for storing your lures in these boxes: make sure that when you put the hook into the foam, the barb goes through the foam as well.
If the barb doesn’t penetrate the foam and you flip the box upside down, it’ll likely slip out.
A DIY jig box with foam like this one is great for storing bucktails, flair hawks, or pre-rigged lures.
Do you have a box like this?
Have any questions about making them?
Let me know down in the comments.
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