Streamer Wings

  • Prepare (in the same way as simple dry-fly hackles) the two hackles that are to form the inner wing. Tie on the inner wing (inside surfaces together) using the wood-duck (tails) method. Cut off the surplus and wind on two extra securing turns of thread. (S)
  • Prepare the hackles for the outer wings (which, for the Nite Owl, are half the length of the inner wing).
  • Lay one hackle along the far side of the inner wing (inside surface in), and tie it in. (S)
  • Lay the other hackle along the near side in the same way, adjust for length with the far hackle, and tie it in as shown. (S)

Streamer flies, being larger than most, are easy to tie. Even the most complicated-looking streamer wings consist only of up to four different-colored layers on top of one another (not difficult to achieve) or, alternatively, of an inner wing of hair, hackles, or herl, and outer layers (either the same length or shorter) formed of different-colored hackles. For those few streamer patterns that also have feather "sides" (half shank length) and "cheeks" (quarter shank length), room must be allowed for tying in the extra materials.

  • Wind close turns of foundation thread to the tail position. Form the body, including a hackle if required. (S) Allow more room for a hair wing than for a hackled wing.
  • Select the materials for the streamer wing and check their proportions. (The Nite Owl streamer shown in these photographs has two large natural white and two dyed scarlet cock hackles; saddle hackles can also be used.) The wing should be 1 % to 2 times the length of the hook shank.
  • Cut off the surplus outer wing hackle stalks.
  • Finish off the streamer fly.
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  • tiblets
    How to tie streamer wings?
    8 years ago
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    How to wing streamer flies?
    6 years ago

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