How to Make Your Own Crappie Jigs
There is a diverse variety of crappie jigs out there; however, attempting to collect a large number of combinations will be rather costly. A more affordable solution is to make your own crappie jigs. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to make a crappie jig.
Step 1-Jig Components
Gather your customized jig components, such as the tools you need, unpainted jig heads in sizes 6 and 4, and fly-tying vice. Also equip yourself with thread, a fly-tying bobbin, a fly head cement, a pair of scissors, as well as the chenille and marabou feathers.
Step 2-Pick a Combination of Colors for the Chenille and Marabou
You can use whatever combination of colors you wish for your chenille and marabou. Make sure that the colors of the monochord match the body color of the chenille. It is advised that you use lacquer in painting the jig heads.
Step 3-Paint the Jig Heads
Hold the hook with your fingers and simply dip the jig head into a bottle of lacquer paint to coat it. When coated, remove it from the bottle and allow the excess paint to drip until the jig head’s paint dries. Dipping the head in the paint instead of brushing it on will provide a smoother finish. Place the heads on the hooks until the paint has dried.
Step 4-Remove the Hook Eye
Once the paint has completely dried, remove the hook eye using a pin. Lock the hook’s bend in the vice. Using the thread behind the head, wrap the hook shank to the barb. This is where the bobbin will hang.
Step 5-Use the Marabou Feather
Using the marabou feather you selected, remove the feather strands with your fingers. Place the end of the feather strands on the hook shank’s end where the thread ends. Make sure that the measure of the extension of the feather is equal to that of the hook shank. Wrap the ends of the hook shank with thread. Remove the feather strands from the other side of feather and attach these to the first strands. Trim the ends.
Step 6-Use the Chenille
Place the chenille strand’s end on top of the wrapped marabou. Using the thread, wrap the chenille over the marabou thrice. The thread must then wrap forward to the jig head and allow the bobbin to hang in place. In a forward direction, wrap the chenille tighter, stopping behind the jig head.
Step 7-Wrap the Thread
In five turns, wrap thread over the chenille and trim off the excess. Make sure the thread is wrapped evenly with a 1/6-inch collar against the jig head. To finish, make three tight half hitches into the collar. Use the fly head cement to coat the collar with paint. Allow the cement to dry. Once the cement is dry, cut the thread. You now have your own handmade crappie jig.