Other Winging Feathers

The technique outlined above applies in general to wings tied from quill feathers such as the duck family, swan, crow and even the domestic pigeon. Wet fly wings are also tied from contour feathers such as the black and white feathers from the mountain duck - the fly tying dealer will show you 'teal' a similar feather but with clearer marking from England; and the flank feathers from the mallard - these are also available from the tackle dealers.

However we will return to the white tipped wild duck feathers used to tie the effective Pevril 0' the Peak in Chapter 9 and the difficult hen pheasant which requires double slips in the dry fly wings. The turkey and the black crow feathers used in the wet wing style of the Muddler Minnow will be discussed in Chapter 10, but the method of construction is given below. (See Figure 8.18)

To tie the 'teal' wing you would find a most attractive fly in the Peter Ross. A tail of golden pheasant tippets is tied in first, then at the bend tie in a piece of silver lurex and a piece of silver oval - a ribbing material sold which consists of a central thread with silver tinsel wrapped around it. Half a body length of flat silver lurex is wound, then the fore half of the body a bright red wool or seals' fur is, dubbed. The oval silver is used to rib the complete body. A black hen or cock wet hackle is made and the wings tied over the top of this.

The wing is either tied with two strips of feather from either side of a large feather (See Figure 8.18) or the complete feather folded down and simply tied in.










Figure 8.18 Construction of the Peter Ross


Figure 8.18 Construction of the Peter Ross




A very similar technique is used to tie the most effective and under-used (in Australia) Mallard and Claret. The dressing is:

Hook: 10-14

Tail: Golden Pheasant tippets

Body: Claret dyed seals fur or Seal-ex, ribbed gold

Wing: Mallard flank feather tied as for the Peter Ross above.

Hackle: Either dyed claret or a red cock.

Southern Fly Fisher members Mike and Mike Williamson Jnr. combine the two and use a claret seals' fur body with 'teal' wet wing with great success in the Goulburn. In fact, Mike Snr. says he needs no other fly!

  1. Variation Black and Peacock Spider Hook No: 10 Page No: 27 Scale: 1:1
  2. Black and Peacock Spider Hook No: 10 Page No: 15, 27, 58 Scale: 1:1
  3. Cochy Bondhu

4. Totti Stewart's 5. Red Tag 6. Partridge and Red Cochy Bondhu

7. Red Palmer 8. Beetle Wet 9. Beetle Dry

  1. Black Matuka
  2. Green Matuka
  3. Red and Black Matuka
  4. Black Matuka
  5. Green Matuka
  6. Red and Black Matuka

15. Red Peril

13. White Bait

16. Rowney Reddie 17. Early In The Season 18. Imperial Black Matuka


19. Wigram's Robin 20. Fly,of Last Resort 21. Black Zulu
22. Woolly Worm 23. Geehi Beetle 24. Lunn's Particular

Page No: 42, 53, 153 Page No: 54 Page No: 58, 59, 73

25. Quill Bodied 26. Hairwing Coachman 27. Polypropylene Wing

Cochy-Bondhu Coachman

28. Hackle Tip Sail Wings 29. Orange Spinner 30. Simple Red Spinner Royal Coachman

31. Burned-Wing 32. Quill Gordon 33. Stick Caddis White Moth

34. Carstick Caddis 35. Naked Caddis 36. Seal's Fur Nymph

37. Black Seals 38. Hares Ear Nymph 39. John Lanchester

Fur Nymph Nymph

Sawyer Nymphs

40. White Nymph 41. Sawyer Nymph 42. Grey Goose Sawyer


Tups Indispensable Fly
  1. Tups Indispensable
  2. Bogong Beauty
  3. Tups Indispensable
  1. Bogong Beauty Spent
  2. Bogong Beauty
Quill Gordon Dry Fly

46. Hares Ear and 47. Hares Ear and Gold 48. Wonder- Wings

Gold Hackled Wickham's Fancy

Wonder Wing Hackle

49. Kiewa Spinner 50. Arthur Smith's 51. Wet Wonder-Wing

Wonder Spinner

52. Wonder-Wing Royal 53. John Turnbutl's 54. Fuzzy Wuzzy

Coachman Parachute Hackle Wonder-Wing Spinner

Page No: 70

Orange Hook Winged Moth

55. Wet Quill Wing 56. Peter Ross 57. Mike Williamson's Fly Royal Coachman

Tying The Polar Shrimp

58. Orange Shrimp 59. Polar Bear Shrimp 60. Grey Squirrel Hook No: 6-8

61. Dry Quill Wing 62. Dry Quill Wing 63. Wickham Fancy

Royal Coachman Greenwell's Glory Quill Wing

Page No: 104 Page No: 105 Page No: 109

64. Great Lake Beetle

65. White Arsed Fly

66. Bert Webb's Cricket

Kelly Hopper
  1. Kelly Hopper
  2. Deer Hair Beetle
  3. Black Muddler Minnow Hook No: 6-8 Page No: 120 Scale: 3:4
  4. Kelly Hopper
  5. Muddler Minnow Hook No: 6-8 Scale: 3:4
  6. Dick Clark's Cricket

Hook No: 10 Page No: 114 Scale: 3:4

  1. Deer Hair Beetle
  2. Tom Stone's Arsetess Muddler Hook No: 6-8 Page No: 120 Scale: 1:1

73. Yellow Wing 74. Tippet Wing Hopper 75. Letort Grass Hopper Grass Hopper

Page No: 122 Page No: 122 Page No: 122-123

Mudeye Fishing
  1. Knobby Hopper
  2. Aussie Hopper
  3. Letort Cricket
  4. Humpy Wonder Fly 80. Mouse 81. Mario's Mudeye

Page No: 126 Page No: 127 Page No: 127

Scale: 1:1 Scale: 1:1 Scale: 1:1

  1. Knobby Hopper
  2. Aussie Hopper
  3. Letort Cricket
Deer Hair Beetle Fly

Page No: 127 Page No: 131 Page No: 131

Mrs Simpson Flies
  1. Hamill's Killer
  2. Mrs Simpson
  3. Lord's Killer
  4. Craig's Night-time
  5. Craig's Moonlight 90. The Buttress "Craigs'

91. Upsidedown 92. John Rumpfs U.S.D. 93. Caddis Pupa

Wonder wings Day Flv

Page No: 141 Page No: 142

94. Caddis Pupa 95. Green Peter 96. Hairwing Caddis

Page No: 142 Page No: 142 Page No: 143

97. Partridge Sedge 98. Blooduvrm 99. Sawyer's Bow-Tie


Page No: 143 Page No: 144 Page No: 127

Sawyers Killer Bug

100. Chironomid Pupa 101. Polystyrene Bead 102. Chironomid Pupa

Chironomid Pupa Buzzer

Page No: 146 Page No: 146 Page No: 147

103. Bill Rickett's 104. Ince's Midge Pupa 105. Knotted Midge Chironomid

Page No: 148 Page No: 148 Page No: 149

106. Fore And Aft 107. Wardens Worry 108. Rio Grande Nymph Renegade

Page No: 149 Page No: 147 Page No: 150

109. Fore And Aft 110. Nymbeet 111. John Harrison's

Hessian Bug Herl Body

Page No: 150 Page No: 150 Page No: 151

112. John Harrison's 113. John Harrison's 114. Wriggle Nymph

Red Spinner Nymph

Page No: 151 Page No: 151 Page No: 153

115. Hackle Tail Nymph 116. Wonder Wing 117. Detached Body

Tail Nymph Day Fly

Page No: 153 Page No: 144 Page No: 154

118. Brown Partridge 119. No Hackle Quill 120. No Hackle

Fanwing Wing Dun Double Wing

Page No: 154 Page No: 156 Page No: 156

124. Ant

  1. Tom Jones
  2. Big Alex
  3. Banded Bee 122. Blue Bait Blondie 123. Brian Pattison's


Page No: 157 Page No: 158 Page No: 159

124. Ant

  1. Tom Jones
  2. Big Alex

Page No: 160

Scale: 3:4

Hook No: 10-12

Page No: 162

Scale: 1:1

127. Phil Buttresses 128. Sloane's Rabbit Fly 129. Black Gnat Tom Jones

Page No: 163 Page No: 163 Page No: 164

130. Fair Maiden 131. Jassid 132. Roy Wharton's


Page No: 164 Page No: 165 Page No: 165

133. Shrimp

Hook No: 12-14

Page No: 166

Scale: 3:4

134. Upside Down Parachute Royal Coachman Hook No: 12-14

Scale: 1:1

136. Royal Wulff 137. Dr. Wark's Special 138. Graeme Mole's

(Clark tie) Spinner

  1. Poly Wing Hook No: 12 Scale: 1:1
  2. Horner Shrimp Hook No: 12 Scale: 1:1
  3. Cocky Spinner Hook No: 14 Page No: 28 Scale: 1:1
Crows Flying Upside Down
  1. Highland Dun Hook No: 14 Scale: 1:1
  2. Arthur Smith's Up-sidedown Keel Hook Hook No: Keel hook No. 10 Page No: 15 Scale: 3:4

144. Fraser Park Beetle Hook No: 12 Scale: 1:1













5.19 A Mallard & Claret B. The Williamson Goulburn River Fly

The turkey brown wing and the black crow wing for Muddlers is constructed out of a single wing strip. The author is indebted to Terry Connell the Southern Fly Fishers member from Tasmania who 'discovered' the Quill-body Cochybondhu in New Zealand.

Terry takes a strip of feather four times as wide as the required wing and divides this in the middle. One strip is turned over and placed on top of the other. See Figure 8.20 The double strip is then folded in half. A moments smoothing with the fingers and with the possible use of some fly tiers' lubricant the wing is shaped as a wet wing.

This method might not find favour with the judges of fly tying competitions, but the wing is effective, neat and the fish again do not seem to mind.

Figure 8.20 Terry Connell's Wing Construction
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