Turkey Tail Quill Wing for Hopper

There are many different materials that can be used for hopper wings. Hair, woodduck, hen saddle hackle and many more. I like the turkey tail for rigidity and coloration.

Start with thread hanging at body tie in point.

Take a section of turkey quill and trim the edge to a pointed shape.


See: Turkey Quill Prep

Hold quill section on top of hook shank with trimmed tip pointing rearward to get length.
Leave wing in place and change hands.
Make a loose wrap of thread over wing material.
Make another.
Tighten thread down hard.
Trim excess wing material
Secure wing with heavy thread wraps in a forward direction.
Leave thread hanging close to hook eye.