A rundown on Blackers Mixed Wings which may be of help to some of the newer members. Used a version of #4 for the Findhorn from 1855.
Steps #1 to #7 are just the basics up to the wings
b8.jpg 60.57K 691 downloads Select equal sized strips of feathers according to the dressing and lay out in order
b9.jpg 88.89K 748 downloadsTake the left slips for the rear side wing and stack directly on top of each other. keeping the tips level unless something is just too short to reach on larger flies. As the man said ,the best place to do this is on your knee. Do not break up the fibres. This is where Blacker differs from Rogan and Enright.
b10.jpg 35.97K 700 downloadsTake up check for length. Pinch together at the tie in point and tie in on the rear side 2 or 3 turns and lock in with a half hitch ( slip Knot)
b11.jpg 29.12K 678 downloads Adjust to make sure the wing is positioned correctly on the rear side.
b12.jpg 46.06K 708 downloads Wing in place.
b13.jpg 40.76K 701 downloadsRepeat with right hand slips for near side and tie in
b14.jpg 41.53K 677 downloads view from rear
b15.jpg 44.6K 683 downloads Trim off waste and drench roots with varnish
b16.jpg 43.68K 698 downloads Finish head and varnish
This one is the McPherson as another example except it has horns and a wool head Sorry that pics are slightly blurry
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b25.jpg 41.62K 560 downloads next step Add horns
b26.jpg 40.58K 572 downloads Put plenty of varnish on head at this point. Dub wool for head Keep as minimal as possible . Furry thread is a good description. By the time you have done this the varnish should be pretty tacky
b27.jpg 43.29K 487 downloads Start winding on at front and work to the rear and finish with a half hitch or two. A dob of varnish on the thread at the tie in point using the point of your dubbing needle, or as I do wipe some varnish on the thread before tightening the knot loop
Hope this helps