Fan Wings

  • Wind close turns of foundation thread halfway down the shank, then return the thread in wide turns halfway back again, to the wing position. (S)
  • Select two identical duck breast feathers and remove the fluffy down at the base.
  • Place one feather on top of the other (outside surfaces up), with the tips aligned. Then check the proportions by holding the feathers upright against the hook shank. With straight scissors cut off surplus fibers as necessary at the base, and cut a waist.
  • Place the wings, outside surfaces together, on top of the hook shank and pointing over the hook eye. Ensure that the waists are in line with the secured tying thread. Tie on the wings, using the wood-duck (tails) method, with only two turns of thread. (S)
  • Gently grip a feather stalk (between thumb and index finger) in each hand. Pull the stalks down as shown, the far wing stalk on the far side of the shank and the near wing stalk on the near side, until the wings are upright and aligned properly.
  • Release the far wing stalk and grip both wings between left-hand index finger and thumb to keep them upright.
  • Release the near wing stalk. Then, with your right hand, take the tying thread from behind the wings and wind on three turns in front of the wings, trapping the stalks under the shank as shown. (S)
  • Cut off the surplus stalks.
  • At this stage of the dressing, the wings may twist to the right or to the left, or they may not meet at the base. These faults can be corrected by winding a few horizontal turns around the base of the wings: clockwise if the wings twist to the left, counterclockwise if they twist to the right. Then wind on two more turns in front of the wings.
  • Take the tying thread past the near wing, and continue winding turns of thread to the tail position.
  • Complete the rest of the fly as the pattern requires.
  • S) = now secure thread in rubber button or leave bobbin hanging
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