Don Sturzenacker - Sculpin Patterns Feature

By Doug Saball

Submitted By Don Sturzenacker

THREAD 6/0 or 3/0 uni thread
HOOK 4-8 (3x long) tiemco 200
TAIL Arctic fox under fur
BODY Matching color fox fur with most of the guard hairs removed. Yellow or gray colors can be used for the body material.
WING Arctic fox fur
HEAD Matching color deer hair

Don's Tying Instructions

  1. Form a thread base starting about 1/4 of the shank behind the eye of the hook.
  2. Tie in some under fur to the bend above the eye of the hook. I use the loop method, dub on one strand of the thread loop and twist together to form a tight body or twist on with a rotary vise. Leave less than 1/8 of an inch of thread exposed to tie in the wing material.
  3. Preparation of the fox fur for wing;
    • Cut fur next to the skin and remove the longer guard hairs to even the material.
    • Measure for length, remove the shorter length of hair and trim. Save the shorter material with some longer lengths for the body and tail.
    • Comb the hair at the cut end to remove the fuzzy material.
    • Tie in the wing material on the exposed thread base. Glue in.
  4. Spin on deer hair to form a collar with tips reaching about half way back. You will have to spin on one or two bunches of hair to complete the head. Glue in the thread after stacking of each bunch of hair. Each time you spin hair on, pack the hair down tight by hand, with an empty ball point pen (inside can be removed) or a packing tool.
  5. Rough cut the deer hair with a scissors or razor blade to form a head.

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