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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 5:17 pm    Post subject: Fan Wing Reply with quote

Fan Wing - by Alan Bithell

Select a couple of duck flank feathers (or you can use game bird hackles.)

Place one feather over the other so that the stems and tips are level. Then strip away all the extra fibers to leave just the wing sections.

Place them together so they curve away from each other. and tie on to the top of the hook shank.

Stand the two wings up with turns of thread bend side of the wings.

Bring the stems between the two wings,

Tie down the stems and then dress the rest of the fly.

The view from head on

Thats it the fan wing. Please don't blame me when your leader twists so badly that you have to change it every two or three casts..
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan,

I've been reading up on some of the older american patterns, like the Cahills and Hendrickson etc, and the article in question suggested that their creators didn't originally tie them with paired wings. Apparently many of the paired wing dries in that era were only produced because that's what the "punters" wanted. The originals had simple rolled wings... the logic being that upwinged flies ride the river in just that pose - with wings upright and together.

Makes me wonder whether a less "twisting" variant could be in order - any thoughts on this?

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you are right Kev. I did this step by step ages ago but is anyone would like Ill do a Catskill dry step by step. They are all very similar patterns so one will do just change the body & hackle colour combination.


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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is TOO COOL and too simple. Always wondered how you did that.

Good on you Alan!
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan, I'd love to see a catskill if / when you get time to do a step by step.
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