Dry Caddisfly patterns call for a shaped tent wing. Using Burnt
Wings Caddis Wing Templates, these wings can be constructed.
Templates for Caddisfly Wings are sold in a set of 3 for about
$8.00. The three templates differ in the width of the wing,
length can be adjusted after burning. The wing material I normally
use is selected Turkey Flat Tail Feathers. These flats are previously
coated with a Fleximent covering and allowed to dry.
I use Turkey Flats that are dyed Black; I also use Brown and Gray
Turkey Flats dyed in various shades. I also have Natural Turkey
Flats that are Mottled, Barred, and other patterns. I am always
on the lookout for unique coloring and markings in Turkey Flats
for the different Caddis Dry Fly Patterns.
Select the template that is closest in width to the hook gap size.
Using the needle of the Bodkin to strip a section of the Turkey Flat
that is 3 times as wide as the template.
Note: I have found that the Turkey Flat Section narrows as it reaches
the outer edge. Allowing extra width results in a Flat Section
that is usable.
Fold the Turkey Flat Section in half, placing the folded section
inside the template with the creased edge along the straight edge
of the template.
Note: It is important not to use flame along the straight edge of the
template, otherwise you will burn the fold of the tent wing.
Finally burn the material away that is exposed on the bottom and rear
of the template.
Remove the burnt wing from the template, you now have a Burnt Caddisfly
Wing. Use a small dry paintbrush to brush away any soot remaining on the
Note: Remember the Wing length is 1½ the total length of the hook.
Other "flat" feathers may be used, the tail and some wing feathers from a turkey,
especially those with mottled or barred patterns.
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