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The Erne, Its Legends & Its Fly Fishing               Page 6

The mixed wing genus has no underwings whatever, but its wings are formed by mixing together the fibres of any description of feather, according to the judgment of the maker.

 

Mixed Wing #4 - Tied by Bob Frandsen, Pic Lorraine Frandsen
Note:  There was no actual sketch of these patterns within the text

 

The prevailing colour is dark orange, which is produced by a liberal mixture of cock-of-the-rock; or else greenish grey.  Before tying the wings, a good shoulder must be prepared by taking half-a-dozen turns of silk, and the fibres are made to separate and stand on end by pressing down their stalks with the thumb-nail, while the tying silk is lapped over them.  The tails are also of mixed feathers, and the bodies generally of pigs’ down pulled out with the needle, though, in small flies, these are often made of silk, and hackled and tinselled, as in the other genus.

 

Mixed Wing #5 Tied by Bob Frandsen, Pic Lorraine

They bear something of the same relation to the butterflies that in trout fishing the buzz does to the winged fly.

 

Mixed Wing #6 Tied by Bob Frandsen, Pic Lorraine 

 

 

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