Carson posted a “Shenk’s Minnow” that used Bernat Blanket Yarn as the main material. His post got me thinking about ways to use that yarn since I had a supply of it. Here’s what I came up with. Tied on a jig hook to mimic the little sculpins (Slimy Sculpin species) found in many of my Pennsylvania waters.
The pectoral fins are dyed grizzly feathers stiffened with Sally Hansen’s. Just a spin-off on some of the extended body damsel flys recently posted here. Substituted the Blanket Yarn for the chenille.
Flame taper the end of the yarn, attach tail, then tie blanket yarn to hook shank Nate. The whole body is a single piece of blanket yarn, after attaching the extended portion, just wrap up the hook shank with the same piece of yarn. Start with 6-8” of yarn, taper in flame, add tail material, attach to hook shank, then wrap excess forward.
This Blanket Yarn is like a piece of “extra fluffy” chenille. There is a twisted strand of nylon thread holding the fluff together just as in a length of chenille where the nylon thread holds the “fuzz”. There is really no way you could get a “bite” if passing a hook through the yarn. Hope this helps and isn’t over-explained.
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