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Paradrake


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step: 1
Pattern Description
The Paradrake is an extended body mayfly pattern used to imitate these larger insects more accurately. While a somewhat complicated pattern, the Paradrake is really not that hard to master. Adding the mono in the abdomen makes it much easier to tie the extended portion of the body, and substituting McFlylon for the wing rather than the original elk makes for a much easier winging procedure. Tie some of these beauties up for your local Drake hatches...just alter the thread, elk and hackle colors to match the drakes you have in mind. Yellow thread and grizzly dyed yellow hackle make for a great idaho Green Drake while Brown thread and dun hackle maktch the Colorado Drakes more accurately. Use natural elk hair and grizzly dyed brown hackle for the Brown Drakes and take it from there...get to tyin"!
Materials Needed:

Hook: 100SP-BL #8-12.........................Thread: 3/0 Monocord...................Body Support: 12# Mason Hard Mono.........Wing: Gray McFlyLon........................Hackle: Dun or Grizzly dyed to match natural................Tail: Moose Body Hair............ Body: Olive Cow Elk hair
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Start the tying thread and wrap back to just short of the hook bend. charlie's flybox
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Return the thread to the seventy five percent point and tie in a length of 12 pound test mason hard mono on the top of the shank. wrap back over the mono to the band of the hook with very tight thread wraps. charlie's flybox
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Return the thread to the seventy five percent point again. Brush out a whole strand of McFlyLon and tie it in as you would a pair of spinner wings. (see parachute Blue Wing Olive elsewhere on the site for more details on this step if needed.) charlie's flybox
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Pull the two wings up above the hook and wrap the thread around the base to post the wings into one unit. Again, the Parachute BWO has a much more complete set of directions for this, so consult that tutorial if you are unclear. charlie's flybox
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Tie in the butt end of a hackle feather to the hook shank in front of the wing. charlie's flybox
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Stand the feather up against the base of the wing post and wrap the thread around the base of the wing post as well as the hackle stem. Post the feather to the base of the post so the feather is tied all the way to the top of the wing post. charlie's flybox
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Stack a clump of moose hair and measure it so it is equal to two hook shank lengths long. Tie the base of the hair clump in at the back edge of the wing. charlie's flybox
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Wrap back over the moose hair to the bend of the hook. return the thread to the back edge of the wing. charlie's flybox
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Bring the thread up to the hook eye and build a thread base on the shank as you go. charlie's flybox
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Cut, clean and stack a medium sized (pencil diameter) clump of dyed elk hair. Measure this clump against the shank so it is at least a shank and a half long. charlie's flybox
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Cut the butt ends of the elk hair clump square across. Lay the butt ends over the eye of the hook as shown here, with the tips extending out to the front of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Place two turns of thread over the butt ends of the hair, very close to the cut ends. charlie's flybox
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Let go of the tip sof the hair so they will spin around the shank in the next step. charlie's flybox
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Pull the tying thread toward you with steady pressure, allowing the hair to spin around the shank. charlie's flybox
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The hair should spin all the way around like this. charlie's flybox
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Press your finger against the hook eye to distribute the hair around the hook. charlie's flybox
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The hair should splay all the way around the shank as shown here. Make sure it is evenly spiraled around the hook. charlie's flybox
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Now, go find something around the house that is a small diameter tube. Here I used the handle from a Barr Dubbing Teaser, although, as it turns out, it is a little sharp and ends up cutting some of the hair when I pull it off later. At any rate, push the tube back over the hair, forcing the hair back around the shank to the base of the wing. charlie's flybox
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Make two turns of thread over the hair right at the base of the hair/end of the tube. charlie's flybox
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Pull the tube off the front of the hook, exposing the small bullet head. See where some the hairs got cut by the sharp tube? Try to avoid that... charlie's flybox
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Pull all the rest of the hair back around the hook shank tightly. charlie's flybox
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Spiral wrap the thread over the elk hair back to the bend of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Tilt the hook in the vise so the tail section is exposed and continue spiralling the thread back off the end of the body about another half a shank length. charlie's flybox
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Bring the thread around the end of the body with a couple tight turns of thread to compress the hair. charlie's flybox
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Now, spiral wrap the thread forward over the body back up to the bend of the hook. You can see that the moose hair and mono are now centered in the tail section of the fly and help to add some rigidity to the assembly. charlie's flybox
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Continue spiral wrapping the thread forward to the base of the wing. charlie's flybox
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Now, bring the thread around the base of the wing and let it hang on the far side of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Wrap the hackle from the top of the post down to the base in even tight turns. charlie's flybox
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Pull the tip of the hackle down on the near side of the hook. Pick up the thread on the far side and make two turns of thread at the base of the post, tying off the hackle to the wing post. charlie's flybox
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Clip the tip of the hackle and bring the thread back into the joint at the first segment. charlie's flybox
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Whip finish the thread in that first segment and clip the thread. charlie's flybox
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Now we have to deal with the back end of the hook.... charlie's flybox
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Pull as much of the ELK hair up awau from the main clump and trim it off on the top. Now, do the same thing to the bottom. Try to trim the hair as close to the last thread band as you can. Be careful not to cut the moose hair on the inside. charlie's flybox
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So now you have the moose hair and the mono sticking out of the end, right? charlie's flybox
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Pull the mono forward and clip it off as close as you can. charlie's flybox
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You can now trim away all but three of the remaining moose hairs to form the tail. You COULD leave the whole bundle if you wanted and it wouldn't hurt anything... charlie's flybox
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Finished Colorado Green Drake charlie's flybox
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Finished Idaho Green Drake charlie's flybox
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Front View charlie's flybox
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Bottom View charlie's flybox
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