TMC ThroughWing Burner Mayfly
Published Sep 15th 2006
Tying Tool Review
The TMC Wing burner is packed in pairs. One burner for larger wings and one for smaller.
They are available in three different sizes:
- Medium: hook size 10-14
- Large: hook size 6-10
The wing burner is designed to work with Tiemco's own synthetic winging material ThroughWing by placing the material between the jaws and burn off the excess.
The finish surface treatment is fairly good and if you place the pressure direct on top of the jaws, you will get the two jaws to meet right on each other.
However, the two rivets on each jaw are not flush with the rest of the jaw. The finish is almost there but not quite. It may influence how easy it is to get the two jaws to meet precisely.
When pressed the two jaws do not come together. They meet in the corners and not over the total area.
A bit about materials
The wing burners are packed without a sample of the ThroughWing material, so you will have to buy that seperately. The material is available in:
- Light Dun
It dries very fast and has discrete shimmer like antron. It is most suitable for spent spinners since duns with upright wings tied with this material may have a tendency to capsize and lay down on one wing.
You can also use FlyWing, which does not reflect sunlight or some other thin material. Microweb is too thick and stiff and the edge of the wings becomes heavy and blackish.
FlyWing and ThroughWing are both strong synthetics that will outlast many fish - but be careful when removing the hook from a fish as you may curl up the wings.
Nevertheless, let us see how the tool works.
How does it work
Stick in the wing material between the jaws. Cut off as much as you can close to the jaws as this will reduce the black rim created when burning.
Stick the jaws holding the material into the flame of a lighter or candle. Rotate the wing burner, so you burn off all the excess. Be sure to burn the mid point so you get a distinct curve to the middle on both sides of the wings.
Take out the wing, but be careful, as the jaws can be very hot.
Control the wing and make sure that no lumps of melted material are stuck on the edge of the wing. Clean your burners afterwards so you will not get black stripes of soot on the next pair of clear wings you want to make.
That's it! Tie your flies and wait for the next spinner fall to take place - and be there presenting your new spent spinner in a perfect no drag drift.
The lack of a material sample, the pretty high price (DKK 150 or USD 26.-) and the fact there is still room for improvement earns the TMC ThroughWing Burner Mayfly a Global FlyFisher rating of 3.