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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 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.

Wedded Feather Wings
Set of Wedded Married Feather Wings
Instruction and description involved in
the construction of this set of wedded
feather wings. We originally designed
this set of wedded feather wings to be
used as underwings.

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Scissors
Needle
Peacock Secondary Wing Quill
Yellow, Green and Light Blue Goose Shoulder Feathers

To start tying your first set of married wings, you will need couple different colored goose shoulder feathers, which are available at any fly tying shop. You will also need a pair of scissors and a bodkin or needle.

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 opposite positions of each set of feathers.
Notice that slips of barbs from the blue goose
shoulder feathers have already been cut. Next
cut slips of barbs from the same position on the
green and yellow goose shoulder 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.

Feather Wing Slips

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 Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
Marry the Blue Goose Shoulder Barbs
to the section of barbs from the Peacock
econdary Quill Feather.

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.

Marrying Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
To separate the desired amount of barbs,
using a needle will make it easy.

SEPARATE THE FIBERS (BARBS)
You want to have equal amounts of barbs on each wings in a complete set. Use a needle to separate the desired amount of barbs.

Marrying Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
Add four barbs from a green Goose
Shoulder Feather

Marrying Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
Add three more barbs from the Peacock
Secondary Quill

Marrying Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
When adding the peacock, we attached
the complete slip and then stripped away
the extra barbs Using this method can be
easier than working with only a few barbs.

Marrying Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
Add four more barbs from the green
Goose Shoulder Feather

Marrying Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
Add three more barbs from the Peacock
Secondary Quill

Marrying Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
Add four barbs from yellow Goose
Shoulder Feather

Marrying Barbs for a set of Wedded Wings
Add three more barbs from the Peacock
Secondary Quill 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.


Close-Up image showing the individual
barbs of a 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.

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