Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Fan Wings Dry Fly.

Fan Wing Dry Flies

  The fan wing dry fly is simply one of the prettiest looking fly pattern. The first fan wing was fished and discovered around the early 1900's. I think the fan wing was a variation of the original royal coachman and is tied with lemon wood duck breast feather as wings on a royal coachman
Fan Wing March Brown
dry fly. The feather I used for wings on these patterns are dyed mallard feather, they're easier to find and less expensive and they should work just as good, if not better. I learn how to tie this fly from Davie Mcphail's channel on you-tube, the pattern he tied was called a fan wing Adams. He used a peacock quill for ribbing the body and I used a medium oval gold tinsel for ribbing the body of a march brown dry fly, it's more flashy but a bit heavier. I also try something that I haven't seen any body done before. It's called a fan wing humpy, everything is the same except the body is made to look like a humpy pattern with a deer hair tail & deer hair covering a dub body. The extra deer hair should add a bit more floating ability to the fly. I also try mixing different materials for the tails, like hackle & pheasant, lemon duck & hackle, deer hair & mallard etc. This pattern is pretty simple to tie once you get the wings ready by matching up a pair of mallard feather tips together convex side to convex side and adding a tail, dub the body, wrap the hackles and the fly is complete.!                                                                                                          
The Materials needed for these patterns.                    

The Fan Wing Beetle Humpy 
The Fan Wing Yellow Mayfly

  • Hook- dry  size 10 to 16 Mustad #94831
  • Wings- dyed mallard feather tips
  • Tail- hackle fibres, pheasant tail, deer hair 
  • Body- dry fly dubbing, muskrat, antron
  • Over body- deer hair ( humpy )
  • Rib- peacock herl, oval gold tinsel 
  • Hackle- neck or saddle (web free hackle)
  • Thread- uni 8/0 matching colours
  • Head cement- wing base & the whip finish area

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