I realise a number of gifted anglers of the past, Richard Walker being but one, avoided tying wings on Dry flies, suggested that after 30 mins fishing, the wings would be a mess. Is this your reasoning?"
Ironically the first fly I ever tied had two badger hackle point wings and was tied, in an engineer's vice on the kitchen table, according to instructions by Dick Walker in one of his letters to Maurice Ingham in that wonderful book "Drop Me A Line"!
It worked and led to a lifetime of dry fly fishing...
To answer the question properly: I do use wings on some flies but only one of my flies uses a traditional type of wing and even that is very "North Country" in style being tied leaning forward over the hook eye. This is a traditional pattern for the river Dove that Staffordshire angler, Tony Bridgett, taught me. It is called a "Cock Winged Dun" the word cock meaning that the wing is cocked forward, not that the feather comes from a cock. It comes from a starling's wing actually. This is a very good fly to see on a dappled water as is commonly found on many parts of the river Dove.
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Traditional split winged floaters as well as being beautiful, have the added advantage of being easy to see on the water but hackled flies seem to work better for me. They are quicker to tie and keep their shape better than the traditional feather fibre winged offerings.
What do you do about wings on your flies?