Tips for Yarn Posts
By Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer

Yarn posts, used primarily on parachute flies, can be formed as shown in bundled-fiber post (p.132), but the technique shown here is easier and creates less bulk on the shank. It's ideal for small or slim-bodied patterns.

Step 1. With a twisted thread (p.42B), form a foundation that spans the mounting point. Position the thread at the wing at the mounting point. Cut a 2-3" length of poly yarn, half the thickness of the finished wing. Bind the center of the yarn tightly to the top of the shank.

Step 2: Raise the yarn tips vertically to form a single bundle. With a flattened thread (p.42B) take 5-7 tight wraps up the yarn post. Support the tip of the post with the left fingers as you wrap, releasing them momentarily to let the bobbin pass.

Step 3: Take an equal number of wraps back down the post, and then take one full wrap around the shank, ahead of the post. Leave the wing long; it helps in wrapping the hackle. It is trimmed to the right height after the fly is complete. ~ Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer

Credits: The previous tip is an excerpt from The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer, published by Frank Amato Publications.

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