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Old 06-22-2010, 12:14 AM
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Can anyone give me some pointers on tying wings? I'm looking at tying some blue wing olives, and all the photos I've seen have these perfect little wings just jutting up, but when I go to tie them it seems like they're always cock-eyed.

My other question on wings is where to get them from on the hackle? The obvious answer, it would seem anyway, is from the hackle tips, but that's also where all the smaller barbs are for my smaller flies. Do I have to sacrifice my smaller barbs to make good wings?

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Default Re: Tying Wings....

Gus,

Learning to tie winged dry flies that will look like the pictures will take some practice and a bit of finesse but you will learn. The best thing I can offer is to invest in a good book on fly tying that includes step by step photos along with text instructions. I can not begin to write this up or to supply pictures that would help to illustrate what I would be trying to convey through the writing. So many people have dedicated extensive work in producing a multitude of good fly tying books, a trip to your local fly shop and browsing the shelves will do wonders for you on this.

As for those hackle tip wings like used on the BWO, Adams, Pale Evening Dunn, etc......... don't use your small neck hackles, use the larger feathers on the bottoms of the capes. Strip away all the barbs from the quills until all you have are sets of little tips that will form your wings for you.

Hope that helps you out a bit,

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Default Re: Tying Wings....

I had to have my tying mentor show me which neck to get. It was soft webby hackle with small rounded tips. I think maybe hen, but not sure. Until then I had about given up, and was tying almost everything parachute style.
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Here's a great SUPER DETAILED tutorial on how to tie hackle tip wings.

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Old 06-22-2010, 09:45 PM
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Default Re: Tying Wings....

Thanks for the link and advice. I found some of those rounded hackles from the bottom of the cape. Now I'm working on my first hair-winged Royal Wulff... We'll see how that one comes out!


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Yep, Harry's tutorial on hairwings is pretty awesome too... but my favorite one is on biots. And the CDC Biot caddis is a KILLER PATTERN!!!
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