5 - prepare for hackle

Stop the waist about 2 mm shy of the hook eye, make a couple of wraps in front of the post to stand it up. Select a saddle hackle and strip off some of the barbs. The length of the stripped quill should equal the distance from the hook eye to the post, plus the height of the head, plus the height of the parachute.

Photo/illustration: Martin Westbeek ©2015

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