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Old 01-12-2011, 05:37 PM
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What is everyone using for the wing for their parachute patterns. I know calf tail is one but I know I heard of something that can be used. So what are you guys using?
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I make things easy on myself, and use antron of various colors: white, gray, yellow, and orange. I've used calf before, but it's a pain to stack hairs. Also, I tend to leave the post a bit long (sometimes), and cut it down on the stream to just what I need for visibility. I'd have to cry while cutting stacked calf hair. I've seen A.K. Best's argument for turkey flats, and while it may look nicer than antron, antron gets the job done. That's not to say I don't have a small collection of nicely tied upright wing drys, and parachute drys tied with calf hair. Since I don't fish them, I don't have to tie them very often.
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McFlyon in hi-vis colors. Got the idea from Charlie Cravens book.
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Default Re: parachute patterns

I have used antron also, at least I think that is what it is, somekind of synthetic material. My favorite is whitetail white, preferably from a deer I got (doesn't always happen that way )
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I use antron, seems to work the best for me.
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I use antron or vitafloss for smaller flies.

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Default Re: parachute patterns

First off sorry for not posting here for a long time..Some of the things I use for post are moose , caves tail , caves body hair dyed in various colors learned that from tying with Tom Baltz . I also use hi vis and cdc in all colors and they all work fine even do the turkey flats. One thing nice about the synthetics is as Frank stated you can snip them down if need be on the stream to suite your needs.
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polypropilen is also good
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Default Re: parachute patterns

Antron or Polypropylene yarn, all the way. Polypro is probably a better choice as the fiber resists moisture and in theory will float better.

I never tie hair posts for parachutes anymore. It just isn't worth it to me. Everything about calf body is a pain, I find it particularly difficult to tie down without it spinning and/or creating too large a build up on the fly, mostly on small flies. Yes, it looks wonderful, so white and straight, but I really do not think it makes the pattern fish more effectively.

I love the color option of yarn, the ease of tying it and the lack of bulk.

If the trout you are fishing to are too finicky I won't be using a parachute anyway.
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Default Re: parachute patterns

I use closed cell foam also- tie it down, "post" tie it and then snip after. White or colors are pretty visible and the hackle "bites" into the foam as you wrap it on the post well.
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