Woodchuck Hopper Recipes
 
Woodchuck Hoppers

Letort Woodchuck Hopper

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Similar in look to the original Letort Hopper designed by Ed Shenk, this variation has a foam body rather than fur dubbing and the turkey quill underwing has been replaced with a clump of woodchuck fur.
 

Hook: Photo shows size 8 2XL.
Thread: Danville 6/0 in whatever color you want (e.g. yellow, white, tan, green).
Body: Using a slice of 2mm thick "fun foam", tie in the foam at the rear of the shank and wrap it forward to just behind the head [photo].
Wing: Clump of woodchuck fur [photo].
Overwing: Clump of deer hair tied in by the butts. 
Head: Clipped deer hair butts.
Legs: Stray deer hair tips.

 


Madam X Woodchuck Hopper

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Similar in appearance to the original Madam X designed by Doug Swisher, this variation has a foam body and a tail and underwing made from woodchuck fur.
 

Hook: Photo shows size 8 2XL.
Thread: Danville 3/0, yellow.
Tail: Woodchuck guardhair.
Body: Using a slice of 2mm thick "fun foam", tie in the foam at the rear of the shank and wrap it forward to just behind the head [photo of body and tail].
Underwing: Clump of woodchuck fur [photo].
Head and Wing: Deer hair, tied bullethead style.
Neck: Create a "neck" of thread wraps upon which to mount the legs.
Legs: Rubber legs, tied in as an "X" when viewed from the top. Although flat rubber legs are pictured here, I prefer round rubber legs for greater action.

 



Foam Woodchuck Hopper

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This foam hopper is my own design.  Since it doesn't involve deer hair, some will find it easier to tie than the Letort and Madam X shown above. Of course, deer hair or synthetic substitute can be used instead of the woodchuck fur wing.

Hook: Photo shows size 8 2XL.
Thread: Danville 3/0 in whatever color you want (e.g. yellow, white, tan, green).
Tail and Body: Using a slice of 2mm thick "fun foam", tie in the foam at the rear of the shank, form a loop, and wrap it forward to just behind the head.[wrapping technique].
Optional Over-tail: After tying the foam loop tail, and before completing the foam body, tie in a bunch of woodchuck guardhair [photo of body, loop, and tail].
Wing: Clump of woodchuck fur [photo].
Foam Head: Using a 1/4" wide and 3/4" long slice of 2mm thick foam, fold the slice in half and tie it on top of the shank with the fold forming the head.  It will appear like a foam bullethead.  Then, trim the two ends of the folded foam to form foam wing pads. 
Neck: Create a "neck" of thread wraps upon which to mount the legs.
Legs: Rubber legs, tied in as an "X" when viewed from the top. I have used two sets of thin rubber legs here because I think they better mimic motion.

 

 

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