Sedge Wings Caddis
Sedge wings can be made either with matching sections from left and right wing quills (using the outside leading edges only) or from one wide piece of tail feather or wing quill folded into two, three (as illustrated here), or four.
- Form a body, and tie off the materials at the hackle position. (S) (Do not tie in a head hackle yet.)
- Select a wing quill of the right color for the sedge (caddis) fly being imitated (the photograph shows a speckled turkey wing quill, suitable for a lightly mottled sedge wing).
- Cut off a wide section of fibers from the feather's leading edge.
- To align the tips of the fibers, hold the cut section in your right hand and pull the fibers straight with your left hand, as shown. (It is sometimes possible to straighten the fibers before cutting the section from the feather.) Do not handle the cut section too much, because the fibers are easily damaged (and expensive). If necessary, the wing can always be trimmed to shape after it is tied on.
- Fold the section into two, three (as illustrated), or four, depending on the depth and thickness desired for the finished wing.
- This photograph shows the first of two folds almost completed.
- This photograph shows a second fold being formed.
- To tie a sedge wing aligned vertically along the top of the hook: Check the wing proportions, then hold the wing in your left hand and tie it on using the wood-duck (tails) method. (S)
- To tie a sedge wing that lies flat along the top of the hook: Check the wing proportions, then hold the wing flat along the top of the hook with your left thumb and index finger gripping the far edge of the wing on the far side of the hook shank. Tie the wing on using the wood-duck (tails) method, but with the loop formed not above the shank but to the far side (because of the position of left thumb and index finger). (S)
- Trim off the surplus in layered stages.
- Tie in a prepared cock hackle (or two) directly in front of the wings, and wind the tying thread to the hook eye. (S)
- Wind on the hackle(s), then finish off the fly.
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