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:

3 pairs - 6 different sizes -
3 pairs - 6 different sizes
Top view -
Top view

Produced by Tiemco
Price: 26.60 USD
Available in six sizes
GFF rating: 3

- Small: hook size 14-18
- 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.

Rivets in the jaws -
Rivets in the jaws
The jaws do not meet -
The jaws do not meet

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:

- Clear
- Yellow
- Dun
- 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.

Placing the material -
Placing the material
Lump on the edge - MicroWeb is better suited for normal fold-and-cut wings.
Lump on the edge

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.

Ready wing? - The shape could be more distinct against the mid point. Make sure to burn of all the excess.
Ready wing?

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.

Top view -
Top view
Winged may fly -
Winged may fly

Side view -
Side view
Spent spinner -
Spent spinner

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.

User comments
From: Ad Hoogenboezem · ad-hoogenboezem·at·  Link
Submitted September 30th 2011

I use this tools myself and it works very well for caenis, trico spinner, mayfly etc.
I"am not so satisfied with the existing wing material. In stead of this I use sheets
of very thin (a kind of) polypropyleen. It has the right color (milky-white) and stays
dry all the time. Give it a try !

GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted May 21st 2007


The fact box in the beginning of the article refers you to Tiemco's web site, and from there you will have to find a dealer or distributor in your country. We have no intentions of providing sources for every product we mention in every country we have an audience in. That would surely keep us busy! You will notice that we try to provide a source or a way to find a source for every single product we mention.

Tiemco is an International brand name and available in most larger tackle shops, so ask for this wing burner at your local flyshop, and I'm sure they can get it for you.


From: Jack Neely · Flytyerjack71·at·  Link
Submitted May 21st 2007

Again another tool but no discussion of where to purchase if one wanted it. My biggest issue with almost every story I've read over 60 years of tying is that the author fails to source for his audience.

From: Henry Maxwell Elliott · henrymarriner·at·  Link
Submitted March 21st 2007

I agree with the comment above, although your version seems to be fairly watertight (excuse the pun) the lump on the edge of the wing seems to be avoidable, there are other ways around it that do not require too much more effort, and the results reflect the work, thankyou anyway.

From: Max Marriner  Link
Submitted September 19th 2006

The finished wing looks too dense and heavy for my taste and will, I suspect, put too dark a shadow on the water. There are better options and, for the hassle, easier ways to create your wings. As for the tool itself - exposed rivets and the finish call to mind a very simliar Indian tool made by SUNRISE (very cheap and cheerful tools inc) at a fraction of the price. I wonder if this is another example of a repackaged tool? Conclusion: Not for me.

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