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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.

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American Flag Steelhead Fly

Wedded feather wings will probably be the prominent feature of the fly and will add 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
American Flag Wedded Feather Wings
(Version #2)
This set of Wedded Married Feather Wings
have been designed to represent the American
Flag. It has a more traditional look of wedded
feather wings with the addition of some barbs
from a peacock wing quill feather. There
are several variations of this design.

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Scissors
Needle
Red, White and Blue Goose Shoulder Feathers
Peacock Wing Quill Feathers

Goose Shoulder Feathers
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.

Barbs from Goose Shoulder Feather
Peacock Wing Quill Barbs
Red, White and Blue 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.

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.

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To separate the desired amount of
barbs, using a needle will make it easy.
When building wedded feather wings
you can add sections with more barbs
than required and then strip away any
extra barbs. Sometimes it is easier to
work with larger sections, but other
times it is just as easy to count out the
desired amount of barbs before adding
them on the wing. We sometimes use
both methods when working on a set
of wedded feather wings.

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.

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Adding three barbs of the Peacock
Wing Quill Feather to three barbs from
the Red Goose Shoulder Feather. You
should build wedded feather wings from
the bottom to the top, altough you could
just as easily build them from the top down,
but standards dictate starting from the bottom
and most recipes are listed in that order..

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Add three barbs from the White Goose
Shoulder Feather

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Add three more barbs from the Red Goose
Shoulder Feather

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Add three more barbs from the White Goose
Shoulder Feather

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Add three more barbs from the Red
Goose Shoulder

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Add four barbs from the Peacock Wing
Quill Feather 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.

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Close-Up image showing the individual
barbs of these wedded feather wing.

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.

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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 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