the Origami Wing

by Jens Pilgaard via flytying.dk

pretty huh ?
origami_wing_5

“This way of using the feathers own structure added another dimension into the final results by bringing natural curves and lines into my flies that I had never seen before. I was amazed by the similarity of the wings from real insects and the artificial ones made out of a single feather. Shortly after this I discovered, that this way of using the feathers gave me some unforeseen advantages that I could use, not only in my super realistic flies, but also in my fishing flies.”

origami_wing_3 fast, simple and gorgeous and all you need to make one is a feather, tweezers and a few fingers. as pointed out be sure to only use one feather per fly to avoid horrendous, frustrating tippet/leader twist whilst casting. paired wings may appeal to the angler but fish can’t count !

“Last but not least I find it very satisfying to be able to tie a fly that is beautiful as well as functional. It sorts of gives me a greater pleasure of performing my hobby whether it is sitting tying the flies or fishing with them on a nice and sunny day in June.”

in the end that’s what it’s all about. feeling good, confident and most of all having fun throughout the whole process of fly fishing with all it’s various elements. does it really matter in terms of fish-catching efficiency if a dry fly has realistic wings ? not really and there are innumerable successful patterns to prove this but, if the angler ‘believes’ in the fly, if it has that special mojo, then it magically catches more fish. that’s hardly scientific but catching more fish generally tends to bring more happiness to the angler and that’s scientific !

click on either pic to access the full step-by-step. enjoy !

5 thoughts on “the Origami Wing

  1. I can’t tell if you pull the free feathers over the quill or the quill over the free feathers?

    • not exactly sure what you mean but just in case, i think its a little of both.
      just take some not-so-good feathers and play around with them.
      unfortunately, the link to Pilgaard’s site doesn’t work anymore so we’ll just have to wing it, Chuck.
      cheers,
      marc

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