Boise Valley Fly Fishers
Since 1971


Oct Meeting: Wonder Wing Flies

  • 14 Oct 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Zoom On-Line Meeting


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6:30 pm to 7:15 pm - Social

7:15 pm to 7:30 pm - Club Business/Updates

7:30 pm to 8:45pm - Presentation:  Tying the Wonder Wing Fly

Those who already tie or those who are considering tying their own flies will learn as Al and Gretchen Beatty demonstrate tying The Wonder Wing.  This fly pattern is a creative means of using a single feather to create very imitative wings.

Wonder Wing Adams Drake Materials:

  • Hook: Size 20 to 8, 1-x long dry fly
  • Thread: Gray, 70 denier (6/0) in size
  • Tail: Whiting Tailing Pack fibers, Pardo color or grizzly hackle fibers
  • Wings: Large grizzly feathers, Wonder Wing style
  • Body: Gray muskrat dubbing
  • Hackle: Grizzly brown mix
  • Head: Thread

Student notes: The wings on this fly allow the student to use any large hackle to make delicate, small (or large) dry fly wings. Once this technique is mastered, the student will never again have to search through a hen or rooster cape to find a matched pair of hackle-point wings.

This fly is illustrated in Al & Gretchen's book, Chapter 1, pg 11, available on Amazon or their website

Gretchen & Al Beatty are long time fly fishers, fly tiers, photographers and writers from Boise, Idaho. Both have received the Buz Buszek Memorial Award for fly tying excellence. They are best friends at the vise, on the water, at the computer keyboard, behind the camera, and in their Zoom studio. When they are not working, they enjoy spoiling their four grand children. If you are interested, you may review their many books at Amazon (search “gretchen beatty books”), their website ( or check out their YouTube Channel (search “al beatty channel”) where they have numerous fly-tying tips and tricks for your viewing enjoyment.

Time: Oct 14, 2021 06:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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