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    Default Thunder and Lightning size 2: How I tie wings made from waterfowl flank feathers

    Last evening I was tying some of my favorite fall patterns including the incredibly beautiful and classic Thunder and Lightning.

    Since building wings made with waterfowl flank feathers such as bronze mallard can be tricky, I thought I would share the way I deal with it. I am sure there are other ways. I would love to hear from you on your techniques.

    Cheers!

    Marc

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    Last edited by Marc LeBlanc; 15-09-2019 at 06:56 PM.

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    A superb step by step Marc. Thanks for taking the time.

    Mallard wings are something I really struggle with. I get it, just alright, occasionally but usually more strips of mallard end up on the floor or in the bin in a fit of rage.

    I haven't tried mallard winged flies in quite a long time. I really must get back at it and will definitely give your steps above a try.

    Many thanks Marc!
    One of the best skills that an angler can ever develop is knowing the difference between passing the time and wasting it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jockiescott View Post
    A superb step by step Marc. Thanks for taking the time.

    Mallard wings are something I really struggle with. I get it, just alright, occasionally but usually more strips of mallard end up on the floor or in the bin in a fit of rage.

    I haven't tried mallard winged flies in quite a long time. I really must get back at it and will definitely give your steps above a try.

    Many thanks Marc!
    TOTM Theme? 😀😀

    Fantastic SBS Marc!
    Last edited by Grassy_Knollington; 15-09-2019 at 07:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grassy_Knollington View Post
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    TOTM Theme? 😀😀

    Fantastic SBS Marc!
    Aye why not. I can't win one with flies I can tie so can't see how trying flies I can't would turn out much worse!!!
    One of the best skills that an angler can ever develop is knowing the difference between passing the time and wasting it!

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    What a fantastic SBS marc and a stunning fly thank's for taking the time to post it

    Arnold

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jockiescott View Post

    Mallard wings are something I really struggle with.
    Just roll it.
    It all ends up the same way after a fish or two.
















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    Quote Originally Posted by ibm59 View Post
    Just roll it.
    It all ends up the same way after a fish or two.
















    Iíll get my own coat on my way out
    Oh I've tried that too. 🤦🤷
    Last edited by Jockiescott; 15-09-2019 at 09:22 PM.
    One of the best skills that an angler can ever develop is knowing the difference between passing the time and wasting it!

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    I hit like for your post, but it's way better than that! Fantastic tying and sbs sir thanks for sharing

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    Brilliant SBS, thank you!! The mallard wings is something I struggle with so really appreciate you taking the time to explain your technique. Thanks!

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    Excellent post.
    Struggled with mallard winging since the !950's and like JS finally gave up...found getting the roof -like finish with mallard well nigh impossible!! Having said all that actually caught an early Springer in mid May 1975 on the River Mourne on a self tied Thunder and Lightening but have neither fished nor tied one since!,,,,IBM bunching or rolling the wings not quite the same but probably wouldn't matter to the fish....great post Marc thank you.
    ďThe man that hath no music in his soul is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils;" Shakespeare.

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