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How do you tie off your parachutes?
Posted 23 January 2008 - 07:53 PM
Posted 23 January 2008 - 08:03 PM
Could save me some anger, and perhaps make a better thorax.
Posted 23 January 2008 - 08:10 PM
it is easy and works well, i used to have a problem of tying down barbs while whip finishing but this technique all but eliminates those problems.
here is a link that uses that method
Please visit Predator Fly Outfitters.
Predator Fly Outfitters
Posted 23 January 2008 - 09:23 PM
Posted 23 January 2008 - 09:26 PM
Posted 23 January 2008 - 09:52 PM
1. tie in post.
2. tie in tail
3. dub up to post
4. tie in hackle to post (strip enough hackle stem to extend the hackle stem onto hook shank in front of post)
- tip of feather should be pointing up and you should wrap up to the point you want to start the hackle.
5. your thread is now at the eye of the hook, so dub back to the post.
6. wrap hackle down post and tie off and whip finish to post, this can be done easier with a rotary vise (wrap as usual, then rotate upside down to whip finish.
Using spade hackles you tie a bunch fairly quickly, this can be a five minute tie after the first couple.
Posted 24 January 2008 - 07:55 AM
Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:06 AM
Once you get the hang of it (6-8 flies) you'll never do it any other way.
It's fast, neat and clean, and holds up well.
Posted 24 January 2008 - 12:48 PM
Posted 24 January 2008 - 05:19 PM
DW Fly Fishing & Tying
River Fly Box
Posted 24 January 2008 - 06:08 PM
2. Tie in tail and splay it, trim butts even with post.
3. Biot body.
4. dub thorax to hook eye.
5. strip hackle so first wrap up post has no barbs.
6. tie in hackle at eye.
7. wrap hackle down post counterclockwise.
8. pull barbs back and tie off at hook eye with two wraps.
9. whip finish.
I used to tie in my hackle at the post and then dub the body but got angry if the hackle broke or slipped and dubbing was moretime consuming. This way is more efficient for me and results in a sexy and very durable fly. you can also put a small drop of headcement on the post after it is hackled to further strengthen the fly, but for the most part i find that to be unnecessary if you tie at the breaking strength of the materials.