EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Needle or Bodkin
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.
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..
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
This wedded feather wing has been separated
and preparing to add the slip of Pink Goose
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,
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
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.
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
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...