This tutorial should help you particularly if you are a beginner tyer. In this illustration, I have used foam for the verticle portion of the wings and in fact I use it often for this purpose due to the fact it floats very well. You can also trim foam easily to whatever shape you need and it comes in highly visible colors; this is important when tying very small flies. The parachute is rooster saddle hackle which you can buy at outfitter stores and online in multiple sizes and colors. It is very inexpensive in bulk. Good luck and please email me with questions or suggestions.
|Tie in hackle 2/3-3/4 way down shank. I don't trim end.|
|Secure verticle wing material on top of hackle.|
|Erect verticles w/ thread and wrap hackle as indicated.|
|Tie off hackle under parachute w/ half hitch knots.|
|Trim hackle end and continue w/ body towards eye.|
When tying parachute wings, place them about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way down the dubbing you are placing on the shank for the fly's body; then after securing finish running the dubbing. This aids in the natural float of the fly, makes it easier to secure behind the eye and gives your fly a more natural look.
|Sun Valley, ID Golf Course|
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