When tying parachute flies, instead of using the
traditional way of wrapping the hackle around the
post and tying it down to the front of the fly,
use the Klinkhamer method.
With this method, you tie in the post, set it up right,
but do NOT wrap up the base of the post. Then, tie in
the hackle in front of it and pull it up so it's pointing up.
Now continue tying the fly, add dubbing, tail, etc. But do
not wrap the hackle.
When you've finished dubbing the body, make a neat head and
whip finish the fly. Now you can wrap the post. But first,
you need to take the fly out of the vice and put it in so the
eye and the point is pointing down to the ground.
Now, wrap around the bottom of the post, in the same fashion
as you would start thread on a hook, by wrapping the thread
over itself. Cut off the excess thread. Then wrap a nice
solid base for the hackle. Wrap the hackle going from the
top of the base down to the bottom. When you've finished
wrapping the hackle, wrap the thread around the tip of the
hackle to secure it. You are securing the hackle to the post,
not the head of the fly. Clip off the excess hackle and whip
finish ON the post.
By using this method, you don't have to worry about tying
down the front of your hackles when you tie a parachute fly.
I use this method on all my parachute flies now, and the
hackle actually goes in a complete circle, not a circle
with a v-notch cut in the front of it. ~ Jonathan
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