|Stinger - Weaved Body
|Tools / Materials Needed
Start with a thread base. Cut
a zonker hide the length you
want and attach it with thread
wraps near the jig head.
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Loosely wrap over the zonker strip back to the 1st
bend of the hook then very tightly wrap the thread
back up to the head.
Building the body shape.
If using canvas yarn, it is made up of 2 bundles of
material that are twisted together, I like to separate the
2 bundles. I use 1 piece of the silver yarn for the
under body - then 1 piece of each color for the weave.
Tie in 1
yarn at the
jig head to
Lay the yarn (do not wrap
the yarn) to the back and
lock it down with thread
wraps as you go.
Lay the yarn up to the head and
wrap your thread over it as you go.
Lay the yarn to the back again. This time,
wrap your thread over it but stop short of
where you wrapped to the last time. This
starts the tapered look of the body.
|I used rabbit hide and plastic canvas yarn for
the tail and body in this example, but other
materials can be substituted. The rabbit hide
(zonker strip) I used was left over from
trimming the fur to use for other projects,
however, the fur could be left on the hide of a
straight cut zonker. The tail can be made
using any feather or fur and the body weave
can be done with either thread or chenille.
Lay the yarn
forward to the jig
head and lock it
down with more
Lay the yarn back
and once again,
stop short of
where you did last
Lay the yarn
forward again to
the head and lock
it down with the
thread. Trim the
Turn the jig in your
vise and do the
same steps to
build the body on
the other side of
the hook shank.
Once the yarn has been laid to create the shape, I tightly
wrap the thread over the yarn to get a smooth, tapered
body shape. With the overall shape completed, you
could make a finish knot at this point, trim your thread
and simply paint the thread body.
Weaving the body.
Tie in 2 pieces of yarn at the back of the jig
with one on top and one on bottom. I used
pink on the top and silver on the bottom for
Pull the pieces of yarn towards the front of
the jig, putting the pink to the bottom and
silver to the top....
Cross the colors over top of one another,
making sure they lock together with just
one twist as shown in the picture.
The top color is then wrapped over the top
of the body and the bottom color under the
body making sure to keep pressure on the
yarn to keep your original twist in place.
The same steps are done with the yarn on
the opposite side of the body to create the
weave pattern. The most complicated part
of the weave is to keep the twist where it is
supposed to be while you are working on
the other side of the body. It may be easier
for you to do this by turning your vise so
that the jig is pointing at you. This way you
can see both sides of the jig without
needing to rotate your vise.
The previous steps are repeated up to the
jig head as many times as needed to cover
the length of the body. If your twist moves
on you while you are working on the
opposite side, it can be simply un-wrapped
and started over. It takes some practice to
learn to keep the same pressure on each
piece of material as you are working. If you
pull too much on one piece, it will cause the
twist to slip on the other side. If not enough
pressure is used, the entire body will be
You may want to practice this technique
with chenille first. In my opinion, using ultra
chenille to create a weave is much easier
than using the canvas yarn, the fibers of the
chenille seem to stick together a little better
causing the twist of the weave to slip less
as you are working. Turning the vise to be
pointing at you does help a lot as well. This
way you can simply tilt your head from side
to side to see your entire jig instead of
trying to rotate the vise and keep correct
pressure on the material.
The weave technique does take practice!!!
The more you do it, the better you will get...
do not give up!
Once the body weave is up to the jig head,
lock down the ends of the yarn with several
Make your finish knot and trim your thread.
If using canvas yarn, there may be some
loose ends of fabric through-out the body.
These can be trimmed off as well.
|Note: I am building this body to be larger on top and
bottom - similar to the shape/profile of a shad or
other baitfish. The yarn is laid on the top and bottom
of the hook shank... NOT wrapped around the shank.