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Short SBS on mounting a wing without a vise

I received a PM on how I mount a wing in hand. I did a poor job of explaining in written word (I honestly thought I could describe it off the top of my head but realized I skipped some steps when I actually had a fly in hand to mount the wing).

I employed my wife to shoot some stills of the wing mounting steps, hope this helps a little.

1. After marrying wing and lining up your fibers, measure where your tie-in point should be.



2. Place wing on top of tie-in point maintaining a firm enough grip to keep the wing fibers from sliding out of alignment.



3. Transfer your grip on the wing tie in point from the right hand to the left hand being careful not to let the wing alignment slip. (note the imprint on my right finger from when I measured out my wing tie-in on the hook)



4. Firm grip on the wing and one loop over the tie-in point.



5. Tighten loop slowly with even pressure compressing the fibers like an accordion



6. Follow that first loop with a few tighter wraps and a half-hitch (as shown in this blurry image)



7. Here's a shot after I finish the half hitch and a wing preening.




I am no SBS master like Speyducer or Marty, so this might not be of much help. A lot of stuff that I do, I don't even realize what I'm doing.

It would be great if some of the other fellows can pipe in on some of their tricks and tips.

Cheers,
Adrian (early fishing trip tomorrow, so I'll try to answer any questions when I get back late in the evening)

BTW, the fly is Kelson's Purple Emperor (I had been wanting to tie it for a long time and chukarhun99 sent one for FFC and that inspiration pushed me over the brink to whip one up)

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Thx adrian aswome sbs
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Perfect timing on this! I just got done packing my bench for the move (as well as my FFC flies I meant to send you, next month they'll be there!) So I figured this would be a good time to practice the old way. Thanks for taking the time!
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Great SBS Adrian! How'd you shoot those photos while tying?

You make it look so easy-peasy, especially with a GP tail married wing. (those things are supposed to blow up while you tie them in )

Thanks for sharing.

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PS... A little bird from the UK told me that Persalls is no longer making Gossamer silk, so if you enjoy using it, you might want to stock up.

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Looks great Adrian, do you use wax on your thread at wing time? If so, do you then wet the thread to reduce friction. I use wax, and thus never do a half hitch at any point when tying in hand.

RE Gossamer, Its still available, but has been reclassified as Pearsalls Superfine silk, though its still gossamer, but with a wider range of colors.

http://www.pearsallsembroidery.com/i...p?cPath=96_109

http://www.flyfishingmaryland.com/in...p?topic=1543.0

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Puro colmillo. Biggity bout time one of the Jedi masters puts down a sbs. Well done brother, well done.


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Yeah Adrian, I could do a nice SBS showing how to turn a bronze mallard wing into cool hackle, or how to mount wings on the side of the hook, or how to turn a married wing into a mixed wing in one easy step. My friend, my total lack of skill in winging with feathers has made me a confirmed hairwinger. Thanks for the demo though.
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Thanks Adrian

Super cool..thanks for the help.and that is a killer of a fly.love the cock and duck underwing.
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yeah adrian, i could do a nice sbs showing how to turn a bronze mallard wing into cool hackle, or how to mount wings on the side of the hook, or how to turn a married wing into a mixed wing in one easy step. My friend, my total lack of skill in winging with feathers has made me a confirmed hairwinger. Thanks for the demo though.
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Looks great Adrian, do you use wax on your thread at wing time? If so, do you then wet the thread to reduce friction. I use wax, and thus never do a half hitch at any point when tying in hand.

RE Gossamer, Its still available, but has been reclassified as Pearsalls Superfine silk, though its still gossamer, but with a wider range of colors.

http://www.pearsallsembroidery.com/i...p?cPath=96_109

http://www.flyfishingmaryland.com/in...p?topic=1543.0
Eunan, I wax the whole length of thread when I first start tying but rarely rewax at wing mounting time. In case I have to remount the wing due to an unsatisfactory mount, the half hitch allows me to undo the tiedown and readjust without doing to much damage to the wing. Sometimes the extra wax pulls apart the married fibers when I have to readjust the wing mount. Your tip of wetting to reduce friction makes sense and I might attempt that.

Thanks for your suggestions. Great tip.

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Great tip for us Adrian !!
Thanks for sharing this SBS !!



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