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DC's Doo-Dad Recipe and Tying Sequences

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By Dennis P. Collier

DC's Doo-Dad Pattern Recipe:

Hook: Size 6 to 10 TMC 7999 return-eye salmon
Thread: Brown UTC 50 Gel spun
Eyes: Gold or black tungsten dumbbell
Underbody: Orange or Root beer Flat Diamond Braid
Rib: Small Gold wire
Claws: Crawdad Orange Wapsi squirrel strips
Legs: Orange Mini Tarantu-Leggs
Collar: Crawdad Orange Wapsi squirrel strip
Overbody and tail: Root beer Hareline Extra Select Craft Fur
Articulation: Black waterproof magic marker
  • Step 1:

    Attach a set of dumbbell eyes to the top of the hook shank and glue in place with a drop of Zap-A-Gap superglue. Tie in a strand of small gold wire. Attach a piece of Flat Diamond Braid just behind the eyes. Wrap the braid to the hook bend, and then back to the tie-in point. Counter wrap the flat braid with wire to reinforce the underbody.

       
  • Step 2:

    Trim the hair on a three-inch piece of squirrel strip very close to the hide - leaving three-quarters of an inch of hair at one end to form the claw (Note: the grain of the hair should angle toward the end of the claw). Measure and align the claws one full hook length behind the hook bend; attaching a squirrel strip to each side of the hook shank just behind the eyes.

  • Step 3:

    Double two or three strands of Mini-Tarantu-Leggs around the thread and pull into place on the far side of the hook shank. Repeat the process on the near side of the hook shank. Secure with a few wraps of thread and trim the legs just short of the squirrel strip length.


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  • Step 4:

    Tie in a squirrel strip in the space between the eyes and leg tie-in point. Take two full wraps, one in front of the other, to form a squirrel hair collar. Clip a small amount of fur from the face of the squirrel mask and dub to the waxed thread. Apply a few figure-eight wraps of the dubbing behind and around the eyes, to cover the center section and force the collar back. Move the thread to a point just in front of the eyes.


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  • Step 5:

    Invert the hook so that it now resides point up in the vise. Clip a generous amount of Craft Fur from the skin and comb out the short underfur, leaving only the longer guard hair. Stack the hair by gripping the material between the thumb and forefinger of each hand and pulling apart. Realign the tips of the hair and repeat the process until you have a nicely aligned and tapered body. Measure the hair so the tips are approximately three-eighths of an inch short of the ends of the squirrel strip claws. Secure with several very tight wraps of thread.

  • Step 6:

    Clip the butt-ends of the Craft Fur to create a fan shaped tail and whip finish. Apply a drop of head cement to the thread wraps and juncture of the body and tail. Add reticulation markings to the body with a black waterproof marker.

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