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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.

Red Wing Blackbird Steelhead Fly
Red Wing Blackbird Steelhead Fly
This set of wedded feather wings are
simple to build with only two sections
of colors that need to be married together.
There are some variations of the wing
design, which will be included on this
page.

This set of wedded feather wings are very easy to build. There are only two different colors that will be married together.

Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather Wing
Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather
Wings. These wings are designed for a
steelhead fly and this pattern might be a
good choice when building your first set
of Wedded Feather Wings. They are easier
to construct with less patterns of colors than
most Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly
Married Wings.

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Scissors
Needle or Bodkin
Black and Red Goose Shoulder Feathers

Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather Wing Feathers
Select feathers from the right and left side
of the bird with the curvatures pointing
towards each other. Cut sections 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.

Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather Wing Barbs
Black and Red Goose Shoulder Barbs

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

Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather Wing
Marry the red goose shoulder barbs
to the section of Blue Goose Shoulder
Barbs.

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 the barbs should completely zip together.

PHOTO HERE
To separate the desired amount of barbs,
using a needle will make it easy. In this
photo we are removing a couple barbs.

SEPARATING THE BARBS
You want to have equal amounts of barbs on each wing in a complete set. You can use a needle to separate the desired amount of barbs when constructing a set of wedded feather wings.

Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather Wing Variation
Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather
Wing Variation. These look mean and sleek...

Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather Wing Variation

Red Wing Blackbird Wedded Feather Wing Variation
You could replace the red goose shoulder
barbs with almost any other color.

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.

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.

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