Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Horizontal Wing

Finally, after 6 weeks of tying classic wet flies, last night I got the wing on one to sit horizontal to the body.

It sure does make them look that much better. At least for show cases anyway. I'm sure the fish don't mind how they look, and I bet after a couple of casts and clips of trees and rocks, they will look like a dogs dinner again!
Still, a minor breakthrough on my quest to tie GREAT (not just good) looking flies.

Don Bastian's Original Olive Trout Fin

The tip is a little ragged, and the body could be smoother, but I'll take that wing any day. There certainly is a lot to be said for good quality quills, that have a uniform thickness along the fibers. I think my previous white quills were causing the wings to collapse and fold under each other. 
Thank to the guys at Hook and Hackle for supplying me with a good source of quality quills by Nature's Spirit. I'll be coming back for more.

So, upward horizontal and onward!!


  1. Hi, found your blog and followed. JGR

  2. WOW! Those are some great flies you have posted on your blog.
    I found this blog VIA

  3. Thanks guys for the follows. They sure are fun to tie, if you have the patience to spend about an hour getting it perfect!!


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