There are lots of ways to make dry-fly wings, but few are as cool as this one. The Wally Wing concept was created by Wally Lutz, of Alberta, Canada, and it can be used on all kinds of dry flies, from parachutes to spinners. Click here to see how the man himself creates the wing for a cool drake pattern.
In this typically excellent video from Tightline Productions, New York-based fly tier Bruce Corwin walks you through his version of a Rusty Spinner that features some Wally Wings. The process of creating the wings is fascinating, and there’s a real aha! moment when you see how the single feather becomes a pair of wings. Once you get this technique down, I’m sure you’ll be trying it on lots of other patterns.
Wally Wing Rusty Spinner
Hook: 2X-long dry-fly hook (here a Tiemco 2302), size 14.
Thread: Rusty brown, 70-denier or 8/0.
Dubbing ball: Rusty Spinner Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub.
Tail: Red Brown Microfibetts.
Body: Peccary hair, long. (Available here.)
Wings: Wood-duck flank feather.
Thorax: Rusty Spinner Stalcup’s Micro Fine Dry Fly Dub.
Color: Orange permanent marker.
Adhesive: Sally Hansen’s Hard-As-Nails.