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.|
|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.|