Apr 232011

Its been a while since I’ve indulged in one of my favorite vices.  Tonight I was in the mood to dive in and enjoy this vice to its fullest extent.  I decided to take my vice to all new levels…  I danced the Crayfish jig!

Crayfish?  I'm a king prawn!

Crayfish? I'm a king prawn!

I know, I know, all this talk of vices and you were hoping this was a post about beer.  Fortunately for me this is a page (mostly) about Functioning Fishaholics not Functioning Alcoholics…

That being said, I used a fly tying vice to crank out a few of these makeshift crawdads and I hope you enjoy them!


Crayfish or Crawdad?

No matter what you call them these Crayfish hair jigs were easy to tie and didn’t turn out too bad for my first try at tying jigs from deer hair.  Here’s a list of the materials I used:

  • 1/16 (pre painted) black jig
  • 6/0 black thread
  • 2x partridge feathers
  • Buck (deer) hair

While this would have most likely turned out better with buck tail rather than buck hair I’m pretty satisfied with the result.  I managed to whip three of these together in about an hour.  I found that if you don’t use a hair stacker you can use larger clumps of hair and thus cut down on the number of times you need to wrap pieces of hair for each jig.

I can see these jigs working great on Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass and Panfish in the shallow local creeks here in Southeastern PA.  I can’t wait to get out there in some warm non-rainy weather to test these out!

crawdaddy hair jigs

Can't wait to throw this thing


Have you or someone you love engaged in a vice which involves deer hair?  Have you created a monster like the Crayfish jig above?  Let us know in the comments below!


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  • JM

    Good looking jigs! Have you ever used calf tail? I’ve used it some for crappie jigs and I like it. It’s kind of curly , and a bit shorter than bucktail , but for small stuff it seems to give the jigs more body. Just my two cents , I rarely tie anything anymore 🙂

    • The Functioning Fishaholics

      Haven’t tried calf tail but I might have to give it a try. I have 22 more of these jig heads to use up so I might do a couple with marabou next.

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