REMOVE A BARB FROM
WEDDED FEATHER WINGS

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FLY TYING TECHNIQUES
HOW TO MARRY FEATHERS
AND DESIGN WEDDED WINGS

WEDDED AND MARRIED WINGS
Instruction and descriptions involved in the construction of wedded feather wings for fly tying.

REMOVING A BARB FROM WEDDED FEATHER WINGS
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. As a beginner it is easy to count the wrong number of barbs when constructing a set of wedded wings.

EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED
Needle or Bodkin

EXAMPLE #1
In this example there is an extra barb of yellow. It looked fine when constructing the wing, but when both wings from the set were completed, the extra barb stood out like a sore thumb and on the technical side of things, the extra barb would create extra tension when the wings were place back-to-back. It probably would not have a major effect, but just a little extra tension on one side could cause the wings to shift position over time.

PHOTO HERE.
A Close-Up View Showing an Extra
Yellow Barb. There are 5 barbs of yellow
when there should only be four barbs.

EXAMPLE #2
In this example we will remove one of the blue barbs.

Remove Bard
Using a needle separate the barbs in the desired location. Notice we started separating the peacock quill barbs with a single blue barb attached to them.

Remove Bard
Now take the needle and strip away the single blue barb.

Remove Barb
After removing the blue barb, marry the peacock quill barbs back on the wing. It may seem confusing and looks difficult, but is really very simple and only took about minute to complete the procedure.

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 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.

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
REMOVE A BARB FROM A
WEDDED FEATHER WING