How to tie Fender Parachute fly

My good friends hunting dog, Fender and just one of the many animals and huge amounts of materials he secures for my fly tying every year.
Fender secures more meat wrapped in materials for the winter.

This is a quick and simple parachute technique that requires only deer hair and Bug Bond.

Hook: Mustad C49

Tying thread: Dyneema

Body: Moose mane hair

Hackle: Roe deer hair and Bug Bond

Thorax: Underfur from deer or moose winter coat.

Secure your emerger hook in the vice with as much of the bend clear of the jaws.
Run your tying thread from just behind the hook eye down deep into the bend.
Select some long Moose mane hairs.
You will need two long hairs from the moose mane, one white and one black.
Tie in the moose hairs by the points at the base of the hook bend.
Build up a slight forward taper on the fly body with tying thread.
Take both hair at once, with the black hair at the bottom and begin to wind on in even tight turns.
Continue over the whole hook shank until you come to the thorax. Tie off.
Trim off the surplus hair and tie down ends. Although these moose mane hairs are remarkably strong you can give the body a coat with Bug Bond.
Cut and stack a small bunch of deer hair. Tie this in as a parachute post.
At the base of the hairs from a winter coat of a moose or deer there is a dense under fur. Remove enough to dub the thorax.
Dub the thorax behind and forward of the post.
Place your finger tip in the centre of the deer hair post and press down until the deer hair flattens out.
Place a small drop of Bug Bond in the center of the deer hair parachute hackle.
Give the Bug Bond a zap with the UV light.
The finished Fender emerger, made only from deer hair and Bug Bond.
The view from below. Its a perfect quick and simple parachute hackle.

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19 thoughts on “How to tie Fender Parachute fly

    1. Thanks for the support Simon, Trying to publish as much as possible to get people to get involved but shit, its not easy all they have to do is enter there e mail address for feck sake.

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    1. Hi Paracaddis, thanks. The moose mane is an excellent material and has so many uses, but the quality of the mane is alfa omega. I have found that tanned shop bought tends to be too brittle but if you can get hold of some that hasen’t been washed or treated in any way, thats the best. The I have at the moment , the hairs are so strong its difficult to break them.


  1. cool stuff. it happens to the best of us.uck fever.when the shot is not there but want to take the buck no matetr what we do desp thing or even if it was a clean shot to neck or head area shit happens.. I once shot a deer when young in teens with a good old 30-30 at about 100 yds open sight no bull. bang the buck drops.. no hole on neck or face area or body. not even blood really. field dress still nothing , skin off still nothing.three days later went home. found out he had three nost holes

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