Trucos de montaje

Halford Wings (basket wings)
By Darrel Martin
excerpt from The Fly Fisher's Illustrated Dictionary
Published by The Lyons Press

In fly tying, and "Improved Method of Winging Upright Duns," advocated by Frederic M. Halford in Floating Flies and How to Dress Them (1886). This simple, practical method creates a compact wing base while avoiding wing-barb breaks.

1. First, create a thread base by overwrapping the forward third of the shank. Then select two matching wing panels. Cut them to width with stem sections attached. The attached stem sections lock the barbs together during mounting.

2. Mount the matched wings with the base pointing forward and the front edge pointing up. Wing length should equal shank length. Pass two thread wraps over the wings to compress the barbs directly on top of the shank.

3. Then fold the winged stumps (the stemmed base) back on their respective sides and rotate the wing up.

4. Wrap the thread directly behind the wings while erecting them. The wings are now caught in a "basket." The basket base should be kept as small as possible. Finally, for a smoothly tapered underbody, trim both wing stumps diagonally and overwrap with flat thread.

~ Darrel Martin

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