Tackle Review: Joel’s Jigs for Kokanee
By: Kent Cannon
I was introduced to these neat jigs by Richard Kennedy otherwise known as kokonuts. I fished these through almost the entire season at lakes in both Oregon and Washington. Not only did they catch my eye the first time that I saw them, they have also caught many a fish’s eye out on the water! These are deadly for kokanee!
These are hand tied by Joel, and a few of his friends in an assortment of styles of which only a few are shown here. I have used them with great success on Green Peter, Odell, Wickiup, and Crescent in Oregon and on Shannon, Baker, Stevens and Merwin in Washington. They come in an assortment of colors and all of them have glow and UV features which just enhances the bite.
I tied them up on fifteen pound test leader and would use up to twenty pound test so as to provide a stiff link to the dodger. I had great success running these six to eight inches behind the dodger. I fished them with a variety of dodgers and at many different speeds between one half mile per hour and 1.8 MPH. They caught fish at all the speeds tried, depending on the day and the color used. We even had a forty plus fish day at one lake using these while long lining in the spring.
You can pick these up through Cabela’s and through Joel himself and a few other outlets in Washington. He started making these as a sideline and just cannot keep enough in stock the demand is so high.
You can contact Joel at 360-690-6192
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