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FLY TYING TECHNIQUES
HOW TO MARRY FEATHERS
AND DESIGN WEDDED WINGS

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

Marrying barbs from different feathers and building wedded wings is considered an advanced technique, but it is not that difficult. It will take practice to perfect them, but even a beginner should be able to build a decent set of wedded feather wing.

Faded Wedded Feather Wing Pattern
Faded Wedded Feather Wing Pattern
These wings fade from Orange to Green

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Scissors
Needle or Bodkin
Peacock Wing Quill Feathers
Orange and Green Goose Shoulder Barbs

PHOTO HERE
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
Feathers 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
.

Faded Wedded Feather Wing Barbs
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
The 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 together.

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 touching the 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
Wedded Feather Wing

STEPS:
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 wing. 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 peacock barbs.

Faded Wedded Feather Wing Pattern
Matched Set of Wedded Feather Wings

Faded Wedded Feather Wing Pattern
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

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

WEDDED AND MARRIED WINGS
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 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.

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 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.

 

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.

BUY AND SELECT 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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Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

FLY TYING ADVICE AND TIPS
MARRIED FEATHERS AND
WEDDED WINGS