MARRIED FEATHER WINGS
FLY TYING ADVICE AND TIPS
FLY TYING INSTRUCTION
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
Fly tying equipment and materials
reference guide. Learn how to tie
flies for fishing and display.

HOME | VIDEO | RECIPES | TECHNIQUES
EQUIPMENT | HOOKS | MATERIALS
FEATHERS | HACKLE | HAIR & FUR
PHOTOS | CONTACT | LINKS

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.

Big Eye Down Tail Fancy Steelhead Fly
Big Eye Down Tail "Fancy Steelhead Fly"
The Gold Peacock Married Wings look great and can
be used with great success on many patterns

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 a beginner should be able to build a decent set of wedded feather wings.

Gold Peacock Wedded Feather Wing Pattern
Gold Peacock Wedded Feather
Wing Pattern

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Scissors
Needle or Bodkin
Gold and Black Goose Shoulder Feathers
Peacock Wing Quill Feathers

NOTE: The gold goose shoulder feather are custom dyed and don't think they are commercially available. If you ever find gold feathers and they are good quality, it would be recommended to buy them. When we first saw these gold dyed feathers they looked dull and boring, but when married together with black barbs, the gold took a prominate role and commanded attention. If you search the Internet there are some interesting recipes to dye feathers gold.

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
.

Gold Peacock Wedded Feather Wing Barbs
Peacock Wing Quill Barbs
Gold and Black Goose Shoulder Barbs

SELECTING WHICH FIBERS TO USE
Looking at the above photo, you will notice we cut sections of barbs that are opposing on each wing. 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.

Gold Peacock Wedded Feather Wing Barbs
These are the barbs for the left wing.
The barbs on each slip have been counted
and placed in the order that they will be added
onto the wing during the construction process.
Once we are at this stage and have all the barbs
counted and ready to begin building the wing,
it will take about five minutes to complete.
The preparations and searching for the best
feathers seems to consume most of the time
when tying a wedded feather wing fly.

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.

STEPS:
When adding the different sections of barbs, we started from the bottom and work to the top of these wedded feather wings.
1. Marry three barbs from the gold goose shoulder feather with four barbs of the black goose shoulder feather.
2. Marry four barbs from the gold goose shoulder feather.
3. Marry four barbs from the black peacock quill feather
4. Marry four barbs from the gold goose shoulder feather.
5. Marry four more barbs of the black goose shoulder
6. Marry five barbs from the peacock quill and the wing is complete. Repeat the same steps when building the other wing.
There are a total of 28 barbs in each wing. You can use one less barb per color and then the barb count would be 21.

OTHER VARIATIONS
Gold and Black Wedded Feather Wing Variations
Gold and Black Wedded Feather Wing Variations

Gold and Black Wedded Feather Wing Variations
Gold and Black Wedded Feather Wing Variations

Gold Peacock Wedded Feather Wing Variation
Gold Peacock Wedded Feather
Wing Variation

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
http://www.flytyinginstruction.com
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