Originally Posted by bear 007
Just curious but didn't the original call for Silver Monkey for the wing.
I believe the original Rat, as tied by Roy Angus Thompson (hence "RAT"), had a simple wing of mixed white and black hair. Clovis Arsenault used black-and-white grey fox guard hair for his Rusty Rat, and that has become the most common wing for the whole series of Rats today. I believe it was Charlie DeFeo (Gary: did you fish with him too?) who substituted silver monkey hair for a banded effect. Other substitutes include grey squirrel tail hair and woodchuck guard hair. The essential element in all the variations is the mix of black and white.