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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 a set of wedded wings would be considered an advanced technique, but it is not that difficult. It will take practice to perfect them, but even a beginner should be able to build a decent set of wedded feather wings.

Wedded 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. In this version
added barbs from a peacock quill feather

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Scissors
Needle or Bodkin
Peacock Secondary Wing Quill Feathers
Black, Orange, Yellow and Light Blue Goose Shoulder Feathers

Select Matching Feathers
Select feathers from the right and left side
of the bird so the curvatures are pointing
towards each other.

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.


Cut sections of barbs from opposite positions
on each feather. Repeat this procedure for each
colored set of feathers that will be used in the
wedded wings.

Married Wedded Wing Barbs

SELECTING WHICH FIBERS TO USE
Looking at the above photo, you will notice cut sections of barbs that are opposing each other. The fibers need to be about the same length and blemish free. The tips should be in good condition with barbs that lock together throughout the entire length.

When constructing a set of wedded feather wings, we learned to marry the barbs starting from top and work towards bottom, but most fly tiers start from the bottom and work towards the top. We have heard arguments for both methods. Some of the original pages, such as this one, show the wings being built from top to bottom, but on newer pages we use the bottom to top method of building the wings. It should be noted that most wedded feather wing recipes list the barb order starting from the bottom to the top of the wing.

Married Wedded Wings
Use a needle to separate the desired number
of barbs. Five barbs from the Peacock Quill
Feather. Five barbs from the Blue Goose
Shoulder Feather. Marry the Blue Goose
Shoulder Barbs to the section of barbs
from the Peacock Secondary 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
.

Married Wedded Wings
Add four barbs from a yellow
Goose Shoulder Feather

Married Wedded Wings
Add three barbs from the black
Goose Shoulder Feather

Married Wedded Wings
Add four more barbs from a yellow
Goose Shoulder Feather

Married Wedded Wings
Add three more barbs from the black
Goose Shoulder Feather

Married Wedded Wings
Add four barbs from the orange
Goose Shoulder Feather

Married Wedded Wings
Add three barbs from the black Goose
Shoulder Feather and the wing is complete.

Now that you have completed the first wing of a set, it is time to build the second wing using the barbs from the feathers with the opposite curvatures. Both wings should have the exact number of barbs of each color.


This was one of our original designs
when we first learned how to construct
married feather wings and the basis for
the above pattern

 

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 were some extra barbs. It is easy to add an extra barb and not notice until the wings are finished. It is 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