Published Jun 23. 2014 - 10 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 17. 2015

Mart's Peccary Paraloop Emerger

This emerger is great for smaller, slower streams and has proven a very successful pattern for the author. It's tied the paraloop way with no hackle under the hook.

Mart\'s Peccary Paraloop Emerger - Just add water. Any trout or grayling stream will do just fine.
Mart's Peccary Paraloop Emerger
Martin Westbeek

The Paraloop hackling technique has been described in great detail in Moutter's book 'Tying Flies the Paraloop Way' (2001). Moutter notes that the technique is not new: before he came up with the technique and name, other tiers such as Ned Long and Bob Quigley used the same technique. There were two other names for this method: the Hackle Stacker and the Pullover.

One of the advantages of Paraloop flies is that there is no hackle below the hook shank, which is ideal for hookups. The other great benefit of the technique is the profile of the fly: because of the absence of hackle below the hook shank Paraloop flies sit low in or on the water. And that is a big plus, especially for emergers. The Paraloop technique is very versatile: you can use it on any hackled fly that you wish to turn into a low-riding fly.

My favorite emerger is the Peccary Paraloop Emerger. I use it on smaller, slower sections of trout and grayling streams in the hills of Germany and it has proven a very successful pattern.

I use Whiting saddle hackle because this hackle has a thin and flexible, yet strong stem, which is a must-have for hackling around a small diameter parachute post used on paraloop hackles. The new Daiichi 1160 Klinkhammer hooks are a great choice for this emerger. They are light ( a heavy hook turns a low-riding fly into a diver), have the right shape for emergers and are wicked sharp.

Martin Westbeek - The author with a small stream brown trout
Small, slow stream - Perfect water for Mart\'s Peccary Paraloop Emerger
Angler and water
Martin Westbeek
Hackle and hooks - Whiting saddle hackle i used because this hackle has a thin and flexible, yet strong stem, which is a must-have for hackling around a small diameter parachute post. The new Daiichi 1160 Klinkhammer hooks are a great choice for this emerger.
Martin Westbeek
Step 1 - start thread

Step 2 - peccary hair

Step 3 - wrap body

Step 4 - post

Step 5 - peacock herl

Step 6 - hackle

Step 7 - wrap herl

Step 8 - wrap hackle

Step 9 - divide hackle

Step 10 - pull back

Mart's Peccary Paraloop Emerger
Pattern type: 
Martin Westbeek
Daiichi Klinkhamer 1160, sizes 14-18
Veevus 16/0, grey
One peccary hair
10-12 strands of white poly yarn
Peacock herl
Whiting (Hebert-Miner) speckled badger rooster hackle
Skill level/difficulty: 
  1. Set up the thread to well into the bend.
  2. Tie in one Peccary hair (soak well before tying in).
  3. Wrap a neat body, tie off and cut.
  4. Tie in parachute post - only 10 or so strands of poly will do. Fat posts are horrible to tie down later on.
  5. Tie in three peacock herls.
  6. Tie in your hackle - this is a Hebert-Miner Speckled Badger saddle hackle. Speckled hackle is great for emergers because it suggests movement. Natural or dyed Grizzle hackle will also work of course.
  7. Twist the peacock and make one wrap behind and in front of the post. It's best to do it now because you won't be able to reach that area when the hackle is in place later on.
  8. Wrap a dense hackle up around the post and back down again. Tie hackle off around the hook or the post and cut.
  9. With the nail of your left hand (assuming right-handed tiers), push into the hackle to divide the barbs left and right.
  10. With your right hand thumb and index finger, pull the barbs back to clear the area in front of the post for the peacock.
  11. Twist the peacock and wrap a thorax with three of four wraps. Don't crowd the eye. Make a few thread wraps just behind the eye as a thread base on which to tie down the post.
  12. Pull the parachute over the thorax. If you pull the post tightly forward, the fly will sit higher on the water than when you leave a small space between the hackle and thorax. Tie the post down behind the hook eye. Avoid trapping any hackle barbs: use the post as a guide to slide your thread wraps in place. If you do so, the thread pressure alone will push back any stray hackle barbs.
  13. Whip finish.
  14. Dense, speckled hackle that to me suggests motion (Emerger).
  15. Done! Just add water. Any trout or grayling stream will do just fine.

Step 11 - wrap thorax

Step 12 - pull hackle forward

Step 13 - whip finish

From below - A view from under the fly shows the body, thorax and hackle
Dense hackle - Dense, speckled hackle that to me suggests motion (Emerger).
Bottom and top
Martin Westbeek


Martin Thanks for p...

Thanks for pointing me to Reading more on peccary, I think this material will lend itself well to even more patterns.

Being relatively new to fly tying, I still have to try quite a few materials, moose mane being one of them. I did read about it briefly in some resource books but you lent perspective with your recommendation and suggestion for achieving that segmented look. I have already ordered some (as well as peccary) and will let you know how it works out.



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Val, Check out Mi...


Check out Mike Hogue's Badger Creek Fly Tying online known as Mike has peccary listed on his page with new fur products.


Val, Peccary may wel...

Val, Peccary may well have particular attributes which make it preferable to Martin (the light & dark patches for instance), but experiencing the same supply problem I have used moose mane. If you tie in both a dark and light hairs, the moose mane does result in good segmentation.

I have not seen pecc...

I have not seen peccary in the flyshops or online here in the USA. Do you know of a source, or better yet, is there a good substitute material?


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