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TYING PARACHUTE DRY FLIES

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Looking for help in tying parachutes. Looking for a synthetic material for the post instead of using calf body hair. I tried Orvis para post material. It was useless. Very soft and weak virtually impossible towrap thread and hackle feather around it. Anyone have any thoughts on synthetic post material. Thanks in adsvance for your help.

Bill-R

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:02


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Bill,

I use calf tail myself. I have also used foam, glow bug yarn, Z-lon and a soft piece of spaghetti. The key is to get the hook turned so the post is horizontal and then make a half dozen loose wraps up from the base. and figure eighting it to keep it standing up. Once you have it tamed, you can make it stiffer with a touch of head cement before wrapping the hackle. Or should I say, right before wrapping the hackle.

Thats how I do it.

Maurice

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:09
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I cut little strips from my kids craft foam...

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:16


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You can use just about anything. When I use softer synthetic materials, like Zlon or yarn, I tye it in long. Then I can hold it when I wrap the hackle around the post. After the fly is finished, I trim the post to length.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:27
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I have nothing to add after reading the replies. I use the materials Maurice mentioned and use Padraic's "keep it long" method.

I prefer to use glo-bug yarn since it works as a hi-vis indicator fly.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:35


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Glow bug yarn long and a gallows attachment (I like gadgets). Set it up, wrap it about four times, add a drop of cement, wait a couple of minutes and your off to the races.

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:48


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I use poly or z-lon for parachute posts - it's pretty easy to use and quite durable.
However, I think that calf and deer hair look better, and I tie quite a few flies with that also

Posted on: 2007/11/27 17:50


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I use turkey flats for the post easy to work with and have many colors

Posted on: 2007/11/27 18:57


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Here's a really great tutorial on how to make a parachute. You may want to go through it to see if there is some trick you can pick up.

Posted on: 2007/11/28 13:52
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Do you have the link? It wasn't on your last post.

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use foam. use can get it in posts in many colors - but I think white is the best. another trick is to create a little seperation between the hackle and fly on the parapost. This will allow the fly to sit a little lower in the surface film. I've done a lot of experimenting with emerger patterns and I found that made the biggest difference.

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I like Congo Hair from flytyersdungeon.com

Also use z-lon and some wingpost material i bought at FFP but i cant remember the name of it right now.

Posted on: 2007/11/29 7:41
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I prefer Hareline's para post, which is basically polypropalene yarn treated with watershed floatant. So with that said, it floats well.
It is inexpensive and easy to use.
The trick with getting the post to stand straight up is instead of making a thread dam in front of the post, wrap your thread around the post tightly, the same as you would wrap the hackle. I thinkn this would tighten up the post and keep it from being floppy. Then when you wrap the hackle, wrap it counter clockwise so when you finish the fly you trap less barbs of hackle.

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I am forever puzzled why this is such an issue. Just go to a fly shop, find some synthetic parachute ties and ask the owner what it is.
You can use about anything, really. I used Hi-Vis for a while and still do. When I can see my fly on the water, I find nothing better than some CDC feathers tied in. The center quill is stiff enough to tie well around. It is thin, sow the hackle barbs stick out pretty straight. The CDC makes it 'parachute' onto the water better than anything else. AND, if you think it's important, it has a structure that strongly resembles veining of mayfly wings.
Syl

Posted on: 2007/11/29 17:08



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