This is the second in my series on winging material. For those just starting to tie dry flies many find poly yarn the easiest of all materials to use. Actually, this is easy to understand because it is easy to handle, comes in many colors, floats well and does not absorb water. Personally I seldom use it because I feel delicate dry flies tied with poly yarn wings lack the aesthetic appeal of those tied with feathers.
This is part one of three parts on dry fly winging material. The woodduck flank feathers you see here are one of my favorite materials for tying delicate dry fly wing. They are easy to use and many of the students in my fly tying classes use these to tie great drys on their first attempt. I have friends who use these on the Quill Gordon Dry Fly, March Brown Dry Fly, Light Cahill Dry Fly and many other patterns.
When I’m tying flies I find it very easy to apply a small drop of head cement at each tie-in and tie-off spot on the fly by keeping my cement in a Hypo Syringe. If your cement is very thick just cut it with head cement thinner. I keep the needle stuck in a cork so the cement does not become hard in the needle.