10 - Finish the fly

Pull the hackle down, and make three to four thread wraps around the post to tie off the hackle. Try not to trap too many barbs, so keep your thread wraps below the lowest barbs. Clip the hackle. You could make a whip finish around the parachute post, but on a small hook like this #17 this is fiddly - to me anyway. That's why I use a reversed whip finish (making turns towards me) behind the eye. This prevents the thread being pulled under the dubbed head. Clip off the post to desired length. Put a tiny drop of CA glue on the whip finish, on the post where the parachute hackle starts, and on the tie-off point of the hackle, and you're done!

Photo/illustration: Martin Westbeek ©2015

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From: martinwestbeek · martinwestbeek·at·planet.nl  Link
Submitted May 31st 2008

Behind the eye. If you tie off the hackle against the post in a clockwise direction, and then make a normal whip finish behind the eye, your thread will be pulled under the head/thorax. When you make a reversed whip finish you don't have that problem.

From: Dennis · Flicaster·at·aol.com  Link
Submitted May 23rd 2008

Nice ant.
I am not following the part about the whip finish. Do you whip arround the post or next to the eye?

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