deer hair parachutes


Huge respect to Mr Barry Ord Clarke – thefeatherbender – a masterful professional who has more than accomplished the mission statement of his blog:

“THEFEATHERBENDER The aim of this blog is to connect fly-tyers all over the world, to share, techniques, patterns, information and knowledge.”

I follow many incredible online sources of inspiration and this one is right up there amongst my favourites. I strongly suggest clicking on Barry’s link in “blogs I follow” on the bottom right of this page.

Tonight I improvised slightly, exploring an ingenious deer hair parachute technique in my ongoing search for my ideal adult damsel fly pattern. The Fender Parachute fly is as slick as it is effective and I believe I am almost at the stage where I can bring all the components together. As I did not have any moose mane fibres in my kit, I used some elk hair fibres to produce my first attempts. Bug bond is another ingredient I do not have (yet!) so I used some liquid fusion superglue instead.

thank you Mr Clarke - these variants are close approximations of the Fender Parachute... I hope the technique transfers well to my adult damselfly pattern next weekend!

thank you Mr Clarke – these variants are close approximations of the Fender Parachute… I hope the technique transfers well to my adult damselfly pattern next weekend!

Next weekend I plan to tie a couple of metiefly adult damselfly patterns using this technique. What will my local rainbows make of them when the temperature rises? Only time will tell…

A drop of liquid fusion will keep the parachute open... Less is more on tiny flies.

A drop of liquid fusion will keep the parachute open… Less is more on tiny flies.

I used tiemco size 13 fine wire dry fly hooks in this prototype for maximum buoyancy

I used tiemco size 13 fine wire dry fly hooks in this prototype for maximum buoyancy


Thank you for reading – I look forward to your next visit.

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