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

Marc LeBlanc

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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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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. :redface:

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! :)
 

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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. :redface:

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! :)
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Fantastic SBS Marc!
 
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What a fantastic SBS marc and a stunning fly :cool: thank's for taking the time to post it :thumb:

Arnold
 

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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.
 

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A friend of mine used Crow as the underwing to give a bit of bulk and support to Bronze Mallard....the Thunder and Lightning is my favourite dressed salmon fly, just a pity you rarely see this fly used today. The modern hairwing Thunder and Lightnings patterns used today are light years away from the original dressing. I have always seen the Thunder and Lightning finished off with a pair of Jungle Cock eyes......to me it never looks quite 'right' without them
 
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About 30 years ago I was at a funeral of a great old school angler who fished when abundance was the norm. He was in his late 80s when he died. As I passed the open coffin to pay my last respects - as we do around here - I noticed he had a spring sized Thunder and Lightening stuck between his fingers. Apparently he fished little else and did very well with it and wanted to have one when he crossed that river of Jordan. Must tie one now just in case ...
 
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