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

Wedded feather wings will probably be the prominent feature of the fly and adds a touch of class. Once you have figured out the secrets involved with marrying feather barbs together to build a set of wedded wings, a whole new world of fly tying begins.


American Flag Wedded Feather Wings
(Version #1)
This set of Wedded Married Feather
Wings have been designed to represent
the stripes of an American Flag. We have
used this pattern as the main set of wings,
but have also used them for the underwings
and tails of flies. Instruction and descriptions
involved in the construction of this set of
wedded feather wings.

PHOTO HERE
American Flag Wedded Feather
Wing Fly. These wedded wings
used two barbs on each stripe.

PHOTO HERE
American Flag Wedded Feather
Wing Fly. These wedded wings
used three barbs on each stripe.
There is a total of thirty-nine barbs
which can be very difficult when
tying onto a fly.

This set of wedded feather wings requires that you carefully count the barbs of each stripe. If there is an extra barb in any of the stripes, it will clearly stand out. You can use two or three barbs for each stripe. When using two barbs per stripe there wing will be a total of twenty-six barbs. If using three barbs per stripe it would be a total of thirty-nine barbs which can prove very difficult to tie onto a fish hook, even for experienced fly tiers.

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Scissors
Needle
Red and White Goose Shoulder Feathers

Goose Shoulder 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.

PHOTO HERE
Red and White Slips of Barbs
from the Goose Shoulder Feathers

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.

PHOTO HERE
Marry the red barbs to the section
of white 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 they should completely zip together. Normally you will build wedded feather wings starting from the bottom and work towards the top.

PHOTO HERE
To separate the desired amount of
barbs, using a needle will make it easy.
This pattern has two barbs per stripe.
The completed wing will have thirteen
stripes for a total of twenty-six 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. For this set of wings each stripe will consist of two barbs.

PHOTO HERE
Marry two barbs from the Red Goose
Shoulder Feather with two barbs of the
white Goose Shoulder Feather. You should
build wedded feather wings starting from
the bottom and work towards the top. 

PHOTO HERE
Add two more barbs from the Red Goose
Shoulder. Continue adding two barbs
alternating between red and white.

PHOTO HERE
Add two more barbs from the Red Goose
Shoulder and the wing is completed. Notice
the tip of the wing is tapered. When learning
to construct wedded feather wings, one of the
challenges will be creating tips that have a
smooth taper without any jagged or
misaligned edges.

PHOTO HERE
Close-Up image showing the individual
barbs of these wedded feather wing. In
this image it is easy to see the barbs in
each stripe.

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.

BUYING AND SELECTING 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