Instructions: Quilled Parachute, BWO

Tying Instructions: Quilled Parachute, BWO

1. Flatten the barb of the hook with your vise and secure the hook at the bottom of the hook bend. Attach the thread at the 1/3 position of the hook shank wrapping a thread foundation to the bend of the hook.
Step One
2. Select about 6-8 stiff hackles from a spade hackle. You can procure these hackles from the sides of a cape or purchase a tailing pack with these hackles.
Step Two
3. The length should be slightly longer than the hook shank. Attach the tailing fibers at the bend of the hook and wrap the tag ends to about the 1/3 position. Clip off the tag ends of the tailing fibers.
Step Three
4. Select a 1/4 inch section of Turkey T-Base for the wingpost. Note how the T-base has a flat and even tip. You should clip this section with a cut that is parallel to the tips.
Step Four
5. Keeping the tips aligned, roll the segment and position the tie-down at the area in front of where you trimmed the tailing butts. The wing post should be the length of the hook shank. Step Five
6. A.K. likes to hold the segment at a 45 degree downward angle in front of the shank. With 2 soft thread loops, the bundle will position itself on top of the shank upon tightening the thread.
Step Six
7. Trim the butt ends of the T-Base and wrap to cover the clipped butts.
Step Seven
8. Try to wrap an even taper. Lift the wingpost tips and wrap 7-8 turns against the front of the wingpost to hold the wingpost upright.
Step Eight
9. Wrap 7-8 times around the base of the wingpost to give support to the hackle. This is easily done with a rotary vise rotating the wingpost towards you.
Step Nine
10. Select a hackle stem and clip the guill where the diameter of the quill is about the same as the diameter of the shank.
Step Ten
11. This clipped tip is then attached to the side of the hook shank and secured with thread wraps to the tail tie-off position.
Step Eleven
12. Wrap the quill forward. At the wingpost, secure the quill with some tight thread wraps behind the wing post.
Step Twleve
13. Then, bring the quill underneath and tie-off the quill in front of the wingpost. Step Thirteen
14. Clip the butt and wrap over. Apply some UV Clear Fly Finish, Flow to the quill body. Step Fourteen
15. Harden the coating with a UV lamp.
Step Six
16. Select a stiff Dun Hackle about one size larger than the hook size. Clip three hook-eye lenths of fibers from the stem shiny-side up. This helps keep the fibers from twisting the hackle. Tie the butt end in front of the wingpost nearest you. Also put a couple of wraps around the base of the wingpost to anchor the hackle to the wingpost.

Step Sixteen
17. Build up a thread thorax and head covering the hackle and quill body butt ends.
Step Seventeen
18. Wrap the hackle 4-5 turns around the wingpost proceeding in a downwards direction. Wrap the thread at the base of the wingpost just above the tag end of the hackle 2-3 times to secure the hackle wraps.
Step Eighteen
19. Bring the hackle tip over the hook eye and underneath the thread. Bringing the thread over the hackle tip will lock the hackle into place. Wrap the thread around the hackle tip two more times before trimming the tip. Lift the hackles from above the hook eye and wrap to further secure and cover the hackle tip. Apply 2-3 half hitches.
Step Nineteen
20. Apply some head cement at the head and also at the base of the wingpost. The finished Quill Parachute, BWO.
Step Twenty

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