Select feathers from the right and left side
of the bird with the curvatures pointing towards
each other. Cut slips of barbs from opposing
positions on each set of feathers.
CURVATURE OF THE FEATHER
from the right and left side of most birds will curve towards each
other. When selecting feathers for the wings of a fly, you will use a
feather from each side of the bird so the curvatures point towards each
other. The feathers should be about the same size. Perfectly matched
goose shoulder feathers would be ideal, but are a rarity.
Orange and Green Goose Shoulder Barbs
Barbs have been counted and placed in the
order that they will be married onto the wing.
SELECTING WHICH FIBERS TO USE
fibers need to be about the same length and blemish free. The tips of
these sections should be in good condition and the barbs locked
MARRYING THE BARBS TOGETHER
Touch the barbs together and they should lock together like Velcro. If
this is your first attempt at constructing a set of married wings, it
will be surprising how easy the barbs from the feathers will marry to
each other. When
barbs together from the different sections, they will catch hold of
each other, then stroke the barbs between your fingers and they should
completely zip together. Normally you will build wedded feather wings
starting from the bottom and work towards the top.
Wedded Feather Wing
When adding the different sections of barbs, we started from the bottom and worked to the top of these wedded feather wings.
1. Marry with five barbs of the green goose shoulder
feather with two barbs orange goose shoulder feather..
2. Add four barbs green goose shoulder feather.
3. Add three barbs orange goose shoulder feather.
4. Add three barbsgreen goose shoulder feather.
5. Add four barbs orange goose shoulder feather.
6. Add two barbs green goose shoulder feather.
7. Add five barbs orange goose shoulder feather.
8. Add three barbs from the peacock quill
Repeat the same steps when building the other
There are a total of 31 barbs in each wing. The barb count has to be
exact are it will be obvious. You could use this pattern without the
Matched Set of Wedded Feather Wings
Tented pair of Wedded Feather Wings
When the wings are placed back-to-back
there will be a canopy effect. This is the
approximate position that the wings will
be attached onto the fly
More patterns of Wedded Feather Wings. We will keep adding more patterns for different wedded feather wing designs.
Instruction and description 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 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.
BARBS FROM FEATHER WINGS
have been times when constructing a set of wings that there are some
extra barbs. It is easy to add an extra barb and not notice until the
wings are finished. It is very easy to strip out extra barbs...
ADDING BARBS TO
A FEATHER WING
Adding barbs to a feather wing can be a little more difficult than removing barbs, but should be an easy enough process.