Long wings.

Long wings made by soft hair creates a great swimming action pf the tube fly in the water, if you combine this with a short tube body the fly becomes lethal. The problem with using long wings is that they often get tangled up with the hook during fishing. There are different fly tying techniques that reduce this problem. My technique involves tying in the wings the opposite way, and then fold them back over in the right direction. I have already shown how to construct the fly bodies in the article “Short tube bodies”. When you fold the wing back over, it will be supported by the thickest tube (the lead thread). The end of the wing, facing backwards and upwards, will also provide a “lift” to the wing. I use this technique for all the wing sections. For the patterns using three wing sections I also use three different hackles. The first one is tied in before the underwing, the second after the middle wing, and the third after tying in the overwing. Fly patterns with only one colour in the wing only has two hackles.

Picture 1.
Finish tying the body and hackle no 1.


Picture 2.
Tie in the underwing the opposite way, notice the hair bunch facing backwards at an upward angle, this is important for the wing to get the correct “lift”. Also remember that you can adjust how high you want the wing to be positioned by varying the length of this hair bunch.


Picture 3.
Fold the underwing back, remember to push this as close to the lead thread as possible.


Picture 4.
Then it is time to tie in the middle wing, remember to create the “wing profile” before folding it back. The flash should be tied in with the middle wing.


Picture 5.
The middle wing and the flash is folded back, push these close to the lead thread as well. Hackle no 2 is tied in, and secured with a couple of turns before tying in the overwing.


Picture 6.
The overwing and flash is tied in, again notice the bunch of hair – this is important.


Bilde 7.
Tie the overwing and flash backwards. Remember the “wing profile” of the overwing.


Picture 8.
The last hackle is tied in (remember to cut off the thinnest tube around 0,5 cm before the head of the fly, then heat the tube with a lighter, creating the collar at the head). Look at the lift of the wing now! Now you have a Black and Yellow, without any of the common tangling problems.

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