catskilljohn wrote:This is how they describe the technique in their book, "the two wings should be placed on the hook with the curves pointing up and in" That would be with the concave sides facing each other and the longer tips on the top. I cant imagine the Darbee's tying in both styles, as once you can zip a fly together as fast as they could, you were beyond experimenting.bobpetti wrote:You can see how she tied the wings concave side in trapping some of the hackle collar between rather than tying down the hackle
I used to tye wets in what I call the Don Bastian style, with the wings splayed but I found they would sometimes spin in the water. Also, tyed in that manner, the "good side" is showing to the outside, which is desirable in a framed fly, but the fishing aspect is more important.
Shakey, start one up man, we haven't hashed over the wing dispute in over a year CJ
I am not describing what the Darbees wrote in their book nor trying to define or justify the better way to position the wings. My comment is solely based on what the position of the wings on the majority of the wet flies photographed look like. I'm extrememly open to correction if that's the case but the wings I'm talking about, duck quill slips, look as if they are tyed with the 'concave side OUT. I'd be interested in your or others' response simply based on what they actually see on these flies, not what they anticipate seeing based on previous readings.
What do you see