River Craw
Tools / Materials Needed

  • Hooksup head (
    with XS heavy hook - nail polish paint
  • Coffee medium chenille
  • Peacock green medium chenille
  • Copper color cactus chenille
  • Silicone strips from skirt tab
  • Olive rabbit zonker strips
  • Heavy mono with ends melted
Start thread on shank and tie in the cactus
chenille just past the 1st bend of the hook.  
Tying it in here gives a some-what raised
head to the craw.
River Craw
Wrap the chenille to create a ball shape.  
Wrap your thread up towards the jig head,
make a quick knot, trim thread and remove
from vise.
Trim the long pieces of chenille to the
desired shape using scissors and clamp it
back into your vise.
Tie in 2 strands of black silicone to create
the antenna.
Tie in the melted mono eyes so they lay up
and over top of the chenille ball.
Tie in the 1st zonker claw on the side of
the hook shank - hide facing in - and wrap
the thread with tight wraps all the way up
to the chenille ball.
Rotate the jig in the vise and attach the
opposite side claw the same as the first.
The chenille ball creates not only the head
but also serves to keep the claws
A simple chenille body can the be
wrapped up the shank.  On this jig i
created a weave using peacock green on
top and coffee brown on the bottom.
Wrap the body up towards the head but
stop so you leave a gap just before the
jig head.  Leave enough room for 1 or 2
more chenille wraps.  Leave the chenille
tied on, do not trim it yet. (in my example
i left only the green chenille and trimmed
the coffee chenille off.
Tie in your silicone legs to the bottom of
the shank in the gap between the body
and jig head.  In this example, I used 5
strips of silicone and tied them to the
shank in the middle of the strip so there
are actually 10 strips coming of the jig as
legs.  You can put as many as you like or
leave them off all together.
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The reason I consider this a 'River Craw' is
because of the jighead style used.  It is my
favorite head for use in the river I fish that has is
mostly a solid bedrock bottom.  Head and colors
can be adjusted to your liking.
Hold the silicone legs towards the hook
end and make 1 or 2 wraps of your
remaining chenille, or as many as it
takes to fill in the gap you left previously.
 This will cause the silicone to lay down
along the body.  You can then trim your
chenille and make your finish knot.