Streamer style, sizes 6 - 10. My first choice is 3xl Tiemco
streamer hooks, size 6. The length of the shank seems to best fit
the length of the woodchuck fur.
Danville 3/0, yellow. Though the sample here was tied with
white thread, I prefer yellow. I did switch to yellow when
completing the head.
Tail: A few
orange feather barbs. Mine were from an Whiting hen neck. Cut
the butts off so as to leave room for a lead wire underbody, if
About 20 wraps of .015 lead wire. Cover about one-half the
length of the shank. Leave bare shank behind the eye (about 1 1/2 to
2 hook-eye lengths).
Wire Rib: On
top of the shank (over the tail fibers), tie in a length of medium
diameter copper wire.
Cover the entire underbody with thread wraps to create an
even thickness overall. Finish this step with the tying-thread
hanging where shown below:
in a piece of tinsel. With two-colored tinsel, the gold side
should face the tier. When wrapped, this will create an underbody of
the tinsel rearward to create a first layer and then reverse
directions to form the second layer. A few wraps of thread are
used to tie down the tinsel in front, as shown below. Snip off
any excess tinsel and bind down the tag end.
Before wrapping the tinsel body, I like to spread head
cement along the top of the shank for added durability.
Wrap the copper wire forward. This will reinforce the
tinsel and provide some additional weight.
Wing: Snip a
small clump of woodchuck hair and tie it in, creating a wing.
Like squirrel tail, woodchuck fur is slippery and
bulky. Therefore, at the tie-in point I put a healthy dab of
head cement on the body before applying the fur. Shown below
is more head cement being applied after the first couple of
Base For Hackle:
Create a tapered base of thread all the way to the eye,
tightly binding the fur. Below, I have switched to yellow thread for
this step. When the base is completed (not shown), the thread taper
will cover the shank all the way to the eye.
in an orange hen neck hackle, by the tip, as shown. Snip off
the tip and bind down the end to create a smooth platform for
wrapping the hackle.
below is a collar made with three wraps of hackle.
Complete the Woodchuck Special with a strong head of yellow
thread, finishing off with a couple of whip knots and a coat of head