ADDING BARBS TO A SET OF
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FLY TYING TECHNIQUES
HOW TO MARRY FEATHER BARBS
AND DESIGN WEDDED WINGS

WEDDED AND MARRIED WINGS
Instruction and description involved in the construction of wedded feather wings for fly tying.

HOW TO ADD A BARB TO A SET OF WEDDED FEATHER WINGS
Marrying barbs from different feathers and building a set of wedded feather wings is considered an advanced technique, but it is not that difficult. It will take practice to perfect them, but a beginner should be able to build a decent set of wedded feather wings. It is easy to count the wrong number of barbs when constructing a set of wedded feather wings and this page will help explain techniques to add extra barb for those times when perfection is required.

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Needle or Bodkin

Add a Barb to Wedded Feather Wings
There are only 4 barbs of pink goose shoulder,
but there should be five barbs. All the other pink
stripes have five barbs. With some wedded feather
wings you might easily notice the missing barb, but
with this pattern it is less obvious. Technically each
feather wing composing a set should have the exact
same number of barbs.

When constructing wedded feather wings it is easy to count the wrong number of barbs and not notice until you have completed the set of wings. Just a single missing barb might stand out more clearly when compared with the opposing wing from the set. If one wing in the set is missing or has extra barbs, it will create an uneven tension when the wings are placed back-to-back and tied onto a fly, which could eventually cause them to shift positions..

Add a Barb to Wedded Feather Wings
Use a needle to separate the barbs of a
wedded feather wing. This is were we
will add the extra barb of pink goose
shoulder. When adding barbs on a
wedded feather wing it is best to work
from the top to bottom. We made the
separation at the point on the bottom
of the pink section.

Use a needle to separate the barbs on the wing at the location where you want to add the extra barbs. When separating a feather wing for purposes of adding barbs, it is best to make the split at the lowest point possible. When building wedded feather wings it is best to start from the top and work down. Using this method seems to make it easier to align the taper of the barbs.

Add a Barb to Wedded Feather Wings
This wedded feather wing has been separated
and preparing to add the slip of Pink Goose
Shoulder Barbs.

Add a Barb to Wedded Feather Wings
Several barbs of pink goose shoulder in
this photo. It is more difficult to work with
single barbs, so we added several barbs and
will strip away the extras.

When adding a single barb it is much easier to add a slip with several barbs and then strip away the extra barbs. The reason for this method is because it is more difficult to work with single barbs. A single barb can roll between your fingers and it is harder to tell the front from the back, ect...

Add a Barb to Wedded Feather Wings
After stripping away the extra pink barbs, there
should now be five barbs of pink. In this photo
you can see the single pink barb we just added,
because it is longer in length than the rest of the
barbs.

Add a Barb to Wedded Feather Wings
Marry the two halves of the wing back together.
Now the wing has the desired number of barbs
per color and is perfectly matched with the other
wing in the set.

After the extra barbs have been stripped away, then marry the two halves of the wing together.


Add a Barb to Wedded Feather Wings
Close-Up Image of the Barbs from the above
wedded feather wing. The single pink barb that
was just added can be seen because it is longer
in length than the other barbs. Both the pink
sections now have five barbs. For this photo
you can see the added barb, because it is longer
in length than the rest of the barbs. 

FLY TYING NOTES
Almost every time we have disassembled a wedded feather wing, even during the simple process of adding an extra barb, when assembling the wing back together, we have improved the taper of the wing tips.

FROM THE BLOG:
We have seldom needed to add barbs, because if there was any doubt about the barb count, we would use the high count and strip out a barb later. There have been cases when we decided to add an extra color to a pattern or other modifications.

REMOVING BARBS FROM FEATHER WINGS
There have been times when constructing a set of wings that there are some extra barbs. It is easy to have an extra barb when marrying multiple barbs for a wedded feather wing and then not notice until the wings are finished. The good news is that it is very simple to strip out the extra barbs...

WEDDED AND MARRIED WINGS
Instruction and descriptions involved in the construction of wedded feather wings for fly tying.

TAPER THE TIPS OF WEDDED FEATHER WINGS
During the process of marrying barbs on a set of wedded feather wings, you want to align the tips to create a taper.

VIDEO HERE
Video showing the manipulation of the wing flow

MANIPULATING THE FLOW OF THE WING
You might want a wing that sits low and sweeps back or high and arched.

WEDDED FEATHER WING PATTERNS
More patterns of Wedded Feather Wings. We will keep adding more patterns for different wedded feather wing designs.

MATCHING FEATHERS
In most cases the use of matched feathers will improve the appearance and structure of a fly and this is especially true when tying feather wings.

BUYING AND SELECTING FEATHERS
What to look for when buying feathers. As a beginner we bought a lot of worthless and damaged feathers. This page will help in the selection of good quality feathers.
 

FEATHER CARE AND STORAGE
Some general advice about cleaning
and storage of feathers.

ANATOMY OF A FEATHER
Description and parts of a feather

 
FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
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reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING ADVICE AND TIPS
MARRIED FEATHERS AND
WEDDED WINGS
ADD BARBS TO A FEATHER WING