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Parachute Hackle
By A.K. Best

Save all those hackles that are too short for hackling a standard dry fly and put them in a separate box labeled PARACHUTE HACKLE. It takes only four or five complete turns of hackle to hackle a parachute properly, but today's saddle hackle is so good that you only need three or four turns of hackle around the post. However, I still make five turns when I use neck hackle. There's no sense in clipping away nearly half a hackle each time you hackle a parachute. After the fifth or sixth turn of hackle, the fibers will begin to point upward around the wing post, and the resultant fly will look like just another weed seed on the water. Use hackles that have absolutely no web for hackling a parachute because the webbed portion is soft and will not support the fly on the surface. I like to save those beautiful little hackles on the sides of the neck for parachutes. The stems of these feathers are much finer, the individual fibers are much stiffer, and there is almost always no web. ~ A.K. Best

Credits: This tying tip is from Production Fly Flying, Second Edition by A.K. Best, published by Pruett Publishing Company, Boulder, Colorado. We appreciate use permission.

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