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I just started back into fly-tying after years of buying and having my fishing partner make them for me. I'm having a little trouble with the wings splitting when I pull them over after tying them off on the backside and wanting to tie them off in front. What kind of feather should I be using and how wide should it be cut before attempting to tie it down?
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I'm new to tying, but I'm pretty sure I can answer this one.

You use a mottled turkey tail feather or if you want to cheat you can use thin skin. Thin skin is easier to work with and the fish could care less.

To help prevent splitting if you are going with the turkey feather first spray the feather with artist fixatif, some people will coat the feather with head cement, but thats to much work. Artist Fixatif comes in an aerosol can and you just spray the hole feather with it. Fast and easy! You can get in craft and art supply stores typically in the area where they sell artists paints, chalk, and pencils. Its used on finished pencil and chalk drawings to prevent smudges from people touching them.

You can also use cheap hairspray that is made mostly of laquer (like White Rain), but I'm more comfortable with using the fixitif.
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I like to use Pheasant Tail feather fibers for my wing cases.
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FlyBum is right-on.
I use "Flex-Seal" to coat my turkey tail feathers. Not as much work as you might think. The guy that taught me to tie uses the artist fixative.
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I just told them to screw.....
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I use pheasant tail fibers as well. They're easy to work with, and I often use the tips as legs on the GRHE. I have lots of turkey feathers, but always have at least one pheasant tail next to the vise.
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As far as width of the wings case goes, when you cut a slip using about the same width as the hook gap is a good rule of thumb.

Sometimes the barbs of the quill slip nearest the stem are too thick to work with and tend to split when you tighten the thread tension to lock them down.

So if the quill slip is long enough, tie them down a little further out from where they were attached to the stem where the quill is thinner and easier to work with.
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Here is what a couple are starting to look like. They are on a size 14 hook. Comments or suggestions?


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Crawler type mayflies, (the most important family of which is Ephemerellidae, which includes such major hatches as sulfurs, Hendrickson, pale morning duns, flavs, and western green drakes) which the hare's ear represents, are most recognized by their robust body, six stout legs and three tail segments.

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You're off to a good start; but work on the heads, you're crowding the eyes a bit. For a wing case you might consider using peacock herl or midge diamond braid.

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