Published Mar 17. 2017 - 8 months ago

Feather wings and treads

I am having a ball tying some of the classic wet flies, but i tend to cut the wings or they often don't sit well it always seems to come from the tread , is there a type of thread that slips better on the feathers, or maybe i dont hold them right, is there an article from the site that could help me out
Thanks

Martin Joergensen's picture

Pinch!...

Denis,

The best way to get the wings to sit is probably to pinch them really hard in place with your fingers over the hook and wing, then laying a loose loop of thread over them, taking the thread back up and pulling it tight using an upwards motion while holding the wing in place. This will have the thread going down on the wing and not twisting it as much. The thread usually has little effect when using that technique and it's even better to use a quite "sticky" thread than a smooth one because it will hold better once the first wraps are laid.

I hope this helps a bit.

Martin

Pinch...

Thank you so much, my problem was the hard pinching, i wasn't pinching hard enough ,again a small detail that did a great change . Now i enjoy doing them so much.

Martin Joergensen's picture

Great...

Denis,

I'm glad the solution was so simple and that my advice helped.

Martin


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