How to make a crappie jig

When you find those crappies a good jig is needed to catch them. The fact is that you can make your own crappie jigs at home. Here is what you need:

Jig-1/16 ounce jig with no barb or collar
Thread-6/0 to match pattern
Body-medium chenille
Tail-marabou and Krystal flash

First you need to have a vise to secure the jig in. then you form a base layer of the thread next to the head. Take a pinch of strung marabou and tie it on the top of the hook shank. Then wrap it several times along the shank to fix it to the hook. You can shorten or lengthen the tail by using a shorter or longer pinch of marabou.
Now rotate the vise and select another pinch of marabou the same length. Tie this to the bottom of the hook just like the first one. Now wrap the marabou down firmly, forming a thread bed. Take a couple of stands of the Krystal Flash to accent you marabou tail.

Pinch the Krystal Flash strands on each side of the hook shank and tie them in place. They need to run down the middle of the marabou tail. Now wrap the tail materials one more time and bring the thread half way down the hook shank. Put some head cement on the tied down area and secure the marabou and Krystal Flash.
Cut a four inch piece of medium chenille and wrap it around the hook to form the body. You should be able to pinch and scrape an end clean and see the string in the middle of the chenille. Tie the chenille in with that string and bring your thread up to the jig head.

Now you can wrap the chenille up the hook shank, each wrap against the other until you get to the head. Tie down the tag end of chenille with thread several times close to the head and trim the tag end closest to the hooks shank. Whip finish and put a drop of cement to the back of the head. This way it sinks into the thread and the last wrap will bind them to the hook. Now your jig is ready to try out.

There are different materials you can use and a variety of jig styles and sizes you can make. If you want smaller crappie jigs you can skip the chenille body. You can shorten and lengthen the tails for the different fish you are after. There are other ways to make your own crappie jigs. There are those hard core crappie fishermen that make their own to save money and it is not that hard.

There are two options to use when selecting the metal for making custom jig heads. In some European countries, Canada and several states in the U.S. have banned the use of lead in making jigs. There are now other U.S. states that are considering banning the use of lead. The movement to push the : Let’s Get the Lead Out initiative is growing worldwide in order to protect water fowl and the food supply and human beings and children from lead poisoning.

There are two options when you are making your own jig heads:

1. Use Lead- you can get it from a tire store.
The store will have old tire weights that get thrown out which have lead. Then you need a melting pot. You can get metals for the jig heads from a bait shop of Bass Pro. Then create a mold design using a wood or clay model, a blank mold will be needed as well as the help of your local machinist to make the mold. The hooks should be 4# of 6#.

2. Use tungsten, bismuth, and brass, nickel, copper or tin.

The problem with these metals is that they are getting expensive which may make it harder to build the jig heads. However, you don; have to worry whether they are legal metals when fishing with them. In some U.S. states it is not illegal to use lead based jig heads and weights. Then other federally run lakes have banned the lead based jig heads and weights. It will be cheaper to invest in the equipment and make the heads from the right metals instead of melting lead. The fact is that lead will soon be banned completely. The jig is considered to be the world’s best lure. They can be used to catch a variety of fish in almost any situation. The basic jig will have a metal head and a feather body. Some will have rubber, buck tail hair and synthetic fibres.

Anglers can save some money by making their own jigs but really it is a hobby that can be fun and give the fisherman a sense of being part of the whole fishing experience by making their own lures.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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