I first fished tungsten jigs a couple of winters back on Devils Lake while on a good perch bite with John Adams of Big John’s Guide Service, and I was impressed with how “heavy” the jigs fished despite their tiny size.
The perch loved them.
A series of tungsten jigs from tackle maker VMC recently found their way into my tackle box. The series includes the Tungsten Fly Jig, Tungsten Chandelier Jig, Tungsten Nymph Jig and Tungsten Wax Tail Jig.
“Because tungsten sinks much faster than lead, even a tiny tungsten jig will get back down to biting fish noticeably quicker than the standard lead-head jig,” Ice Force pro James Holst said. “There’s always one guy in the group who can’t get his bait back to the bottom in time when the bite is fast and furious. You don’t want to be that guy.”
Here’s a closer look at each of the jigs:
• Tungsten Fly Jig: The Tungsten Fly Jig imitates natural flies and aquatic insects, and a 90-degree hook eye keeps the jig in a horizontal position. Available in 1/64th-, 1/32nd- and 1/16th-ounce sizes and Glow, Glow Chartreuse, Glow Pink, Metallic Rainbow, Metallic Silver and Metallic Gold color patterns; $4.99.
• Tungsten Chandelier Jig: Think “conehead” in reverse, a shape that ensures the lure will show up on your electronics in all depths. Available in 1/16th-, 1/8th- and 3/16th- ounce sizes and Glow, Green Orange Glow, Orange Chartreuse Glow, Pink Chartreuse Glow, Glow Chartreuse, Glow Red, Crappie Minnow and Mayfly colors; $3.99 to $5.99.
• Tungsten Nymph Jig: Pre-rigged with a Trigger X Nymph soft bait—also sold separately—this jig resembles the small aquatic insects fish feed on year-round. Available in 1/32nd- and 1/16th-ounce sizes and eight colors—Glow, Green Orange Glow, Orange Chartreuse Glow, Pink Chartreuse Glow, Glow Chartreuse, Glow Red, Crappie Minnow and Mayfly; $4.99.
• Tungsten Wax Tail Jig: Pre-rigged with Trigger X Wax Tail soft baits—also sold separately—the jigs are a good bet for light biters. The jig comes in 1/32nd- and 1/16th-ounce sizes and Glow, Green Orange Glow, Orange Chartreuse Glow, Pink Chartreuse Glow, Glow Chartreuse, Glow Red, Crappie Minnow and Mayfly colors; $4.99.
All of the glow colors provide 15 minutes of continuous glow per charge. Info: iceforce.com.
— Brad Dokken