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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2016, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Dry Fly Wings

In flies like a green drake, I would imagine the big wing worked in among the hackle probably casts a large enough silhouette to be visible from underwater. With cahills and sulfers, what's you guys procedure? Is that little flank feather really gonna make or break? In patterns down to BWO I can't see that little hackle tips stand out from the rest of the fibers in the hackle. I certainly could be wrong so I just thought I'd see what your take on it is. I guess an alternative would be to just make parachute dries.
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Re: Dry Fly Wings

i tie them with and with out, i dont think it really matters that much honestly.
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Re: Dry Fly Wings

I mainly tie BWO's and sulfurs in parachutes using poly yarn for the wing post. When I'm tying traditional styles I often tie wings using poly yarn as well, especially for the lighter colored flies. This saves time and the flies are still every bit as effective as those tied with traditional wings.

I'm with attackone, I personally don't think it matters much to the fish. I will concede though that using hackle tips for wings does create a better looking fly (to the fisherman).
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Re: Dry Fly Wings

x2 Esox -

IMO - the very pretty flies in the fly shop cases - are designed to catch fishermen...

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As long as you are close with overall fly size size & color it should not matter what wings are made of.

I tie flies - but not too many dries - my fingers are too big and my eyes are not as good as they used to be. Size 14 is the smallest I go.

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Re: Dry Fly Wings

Agreed a lot of fluff is especially added for bass flies like eyes and what not to attract a customer instead of a fish.
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Re: Dry Fly Wings

I put wings on all of my dry flies. Being necessary or not could be debated forever. I dont think a properly tied in wing will ever be less effective then a fly with no wing and it only takes me a few seconds to tie in a wing. When using hackle tips for wings I always use tips that are wide and well rounded.

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