When it comes to skirts, not only do I like to mix and match materials, but I'll also layer the materials in different ways that alter the overall profile and how the colors flash. As an example, rubber skirts often come in muted or bland colors, so rather than try to create contrast with rubber on rubber, I'll pair rubber for bulk and thin synthetic Crystal Flash for vibrant, shiny highlights. Mixing and layering skirt materials like rubber, silicone, and marabou not only alters the look of the jig at rest, but the changes the skirt's "flow" when it's swimming or free falling. I've also noticed that it's harder to find a hair jig with a weed guard, or a rubber-skirted jig without one. It's one more example of how tying your own jigs let's you play Dr. Frankenstein and create exactly the bait you want for any situation. Finally, hand tying just produces a sexier jig. Wrapping materials in with fine thread allows you to hide your work smoothly instead of having to use a bulky, off-color collar with a skirt haphazardly jammed under it on the hook shank.