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Burnt Wings for Mayflies
By Steven H. McGarthwaite

Mayfly patterns sometimes call for shaped wings. Here is a method for fly tiers who wish to follow the recipe pattern religiously. You can also spice up other mayfly patterns by using shaped wings. Burnt wings enhance mayflies; they look more realistic and perform well on the water. This procedure is not complicated and is easy enough for even the beginner to master.

The term "Burnt Wing" is the process of shaping a wing, using a flame and a metal template. The template protects the portion of the feather you wish to shape. You shape the wing by burning away the excess feather material left exposed to the flame.

The 'Mayfly Wing' templates are normally sold in sets of three, and differ only in the width of the wing desired. You control the length of wing, by the placement of the feather into the template. The set of three templates cost approximately $8.00. They will last a lifetime.

For Burnt Wings on Mayfly Patterns, I prefer to use hen cape feathers. The webby center portion of the hen feather gives the wing a solid appearance.

First remove the lower marabou barbs off the feather, these are not part of the final wing.

The length of the wing should be the same as the total length of the hook, from the eye-to the-bend. I reference the length of the wing, placing the feather next to the hook to be used, marking the feather with a felt tip pen.

Place the feather between the metal templates of the Burning Tool. Adjust the position of the feather for proper alignment. You may need to shorten the stripped stem for easier placement into the template.

Burn the exposed portion of the feather over a flame, when cool use a paintbrush to remove any soot.

Centering the feather carefully in the template is important, note the burnt wing on the left. The correct wing is on the right.

If you are planning to tie a number of Mayflies, you can burn your wings ahead of time. Since learning how to do burnt wings, I use this procedure for all of my Mayfly patterns. ~ ~Parnelli

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