- Aug 13, 2007
Trying to top up the wet box. This is out my comfort zone.
Don’t worry about the wing if that’s what’s bothering you because it looks fine - just the way they all do after bagging a few fish which that will almost certainly do!
Bob the folded wing is well described pictorialy in falkuses seatrout book not the first edition i think !The way I learned to use "soft" feathers like Mallard was to select out a good sized segment of the feather and hold it by the tips. Draw it down to line up the tips and then cut the section off. Then fold it in half and then fold again. Wriggle the tips into line if necessary. Then tie in and you should end up with a nice dense wing.
It's not an easy thing to describe, but that was the way I used to do it when I was tying commercially. I think there is a better description with diagrams in one of the Veniard books. The downside is that it is heavy on Bronze Mallard feathers. I was lucky to get two decent M & C's out of one good sized feather.