Craw trailers

bass fishing jig with soft-plastic crawfish trailer

It’s important to note here that these markers and jars of dipping dye come in an array of colors, not just chartreuse. This gives anglers the ability to use red, blue, orange, merthiolate or any of a large variety of colors to mimic specific characteristics of a fishery’s forage. Another great use of these products is dyeing the tips of claws on jig trailers. It works great for lots of different kinds of trailers, but for craws in particular, the dye makes a big difference.

I’m not a biologist; I don’t know if it’s a certain species of crawfish or crayfish that has orange on the tips of their claws. It may be a certain time of the year that more of them have a little orange on them than others. But I’ve noticed football jigs with a few strands of orange in them do really well in the winter here in Alabama. And dyeing the tips of a craw trailer orange and pairing it with one of those jigs makes it that much sweeter.

You can test this theory out for yourself at random to see if it works, but it’s a good idea too for you to keep an eye out for crawfish the bass spit up to see what colors to go with. I’ve heard of anglers having this happen several times over the years. They open the livewell, see a dead crawfish on the bottom of the well that’s been spit up by a bass and then dress their jig up to match the hatch.