This is an alternative method to the traditional parachute hackle. The deer hair parachute technique replaces the hackle and parachute post of the normal para pattern.
But just as the original this enables the body of the fly under the hackle to sit deeper in the surface film and be presented in a more realistic manner in the feeding window of a fish.
There are many different techniques for tying Parachute hackles, and special gallows tools that enable you to keep both hands free for tying.
This is probably the easiest technique that requires no special tools and it can be applied to most traditional types of dry flies and emergers.
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This is a quick and simple parachute technique that requires only deer hair and Bug Bond.
||Moose mane hair one black one white coated with Bug Bond.
||Roe deer hair and Bug Bond
||Underfur from deer or moose winter coat. Alternatively you can use peacock herl.
Step by step
1. Secure your emerger hook in the vice with as much of the hook bend clear of the jaws as possible.
2. Run your tying thread from just behind the hook eye down deep into the bend.
3. Select some long Moose mane hairs.
4. You will need two long hairs from the moose mane, one white and one black.
5. Tie in the moose hairs by the points close to each other, at the base of the hook bend.
6. Build up a slight forward taper on the fly body with tying thread.
7. Take both hairs at once, with the black hair at the bottom and begin to wind on in even tight turns. Make sure you leave no gaps between turns.
8. Continue over the whole hook shank until you come to the thorax. Tie off.
9. Trim off the surplus hair and tie down ends. Although these moose mane hairs are remarkably strong you can give the body a coat with Bug Bond.
10. Cut and stack a small bunch of deer hair. Tie this in as a parachute post.
11. At the base of the hairs from a winter coat of a moose or deer there is a dense under fur. Remove enough to dub the thorax.
12. Dub the thorax behind and forward of the parachute post.
13. Place your finger tip in the centre of the deer hair post and press down until the deer hair flattens and flares out.
14. Place a small drop of Bug Bond or glue, in the center of the deer hair parachute hackle.
15. Give the Bug Bond a zap with the UV light.
16. The finished Fender emerger, made only from deer hair and Bug Bond.
17. The view from below. Its a perfect quick and simple parachute hackle.