Instructions: Parachute Ant

Tying Instructions: Parachute Ant

1. Lay a thread foundation covering the shank from the 1/3 position behind the eye to the bend of the hook.
Step One
2. Apply the dubbing to the thread. Angora Goat has long fibers, so I'll lock a few of them with the thread against the shank and twist the fibers around the thread to create a loose rope.
Step Two
3. Dub a rear abdominal segment covering about 1/3 the shank length. The segment should look like a hairy football.
Step Three
4. Even up the tips of a clump of calf body hair.
Step Four
5. Measure the wingpost to be about the length as the hook shank.
Step Five
6. Attach the clump on the top of the shank at the midpoint of the front thoracic segment. The post should be about the same length as the shank.
Step Six
7. Trim the butts of the calf hair and secure with thread wraps.
Step Seven
8. Secure the butt ends of the calf hair with tight thread wraps to the base of the first segment. Step Eight
9. Stand the post up with a few thread wraps.

Step Nine
10. Wrap around the the base of the post to prepare it for the hackle.
Step Ten
11. I find it easier to have the wingpost horizontal when wrapping the thread. Wrap the base so that it is just above the height of the dubbed body segment.
Step Eleven
12. Size a hackle to the hook and remove the basal fibers to give you a clean quill stem. Tie in the hackle to the side of the shank in front of the wingpost and wrap the stem up the post to where your first hackle wrap will start and then wrap the thread back down to the bottom of the post.
Step Twelve
13. Dub the thread tightly.
Step Thirteen
5. Wrap in front and in back of the post to form the front thoracic bulge of the ant. You should have left enough space so that there is a small space between the front and rear segments to form the segmented ant shape. Don't let the front segment get larger than the rear segment.
Step Fourteen
15. Wrap the hackle around the post several times and tie off. Do not overdo the parachute hackle. It's ok if the ant sinks into the film as long as you can see the white post. Again, I like to do this with the wingpost horizontal. A few wraps between the hackle and the tag end will lock the hackle.
Step Fifteen
16. Clip off the tag end.
Step Sixteen
17. Whip finish around the base of the hackle taking care to not trap any fibers. Step Seventeen
18. The finished Parachute Ant. Also known as a Fur Ant with no synthetic materials.

Step Eighteen

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