charlie's flybox

ParaWulff


Fly Patterns brought to you by Charlie's FlyBox
© All images, slogans and content are strictly copyrighted and may not be used or copied
without permission.
Charlie Craven and Charlie's FlyBox, Inc.
print this page

step: 1
Pattern Description
The ParaWulff comes from Jack Dennis of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jack has come up with a nifty little parachute variation featuring two, rather than the traditional single, wings. We have been selling this pattern like mad the last couple seasons in both the purple version shown here as well as the Adams version. I have to admit this fly took me a little thinking to figure out. Tying a parachute is easy enough, and tying an upright, divided hair wing is simple too, but combining the two caused some issues for me. I finally figured out that I needed to post the wing as a single unit first, then divide the hair with X-wraps, then post each wing separately. Like I mentioned, this fly took some figuring out... Once I established the winging process, the rest of the fly is tied like a standard Parachute pattern and I suggest you first peruse the Parachute Blue Wing Olive tutorial on the site here before diving into this one. Rather than repeating so many of the same steps and details again here, I will let you take a look at the parachute tutorial then come back to this tutorial for the trick to making these divided, upright, parachute posted hair wings. Fish this fly anywhere you would fish an attractor or parachute pattern of another style. The heavier hackle helps float this fly in some pretty rough water and the double post really does stand out well on the water for visibility. Dig in...this fly is at first frustrating, then incredibly fun.
Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #12-18>>>>> Thread: TMC 16/0 White, I use this new thread for a couple reasons here. It has good strength and is quite small. It is very similar to the old Gudebrod 10/0 thread but with better strength and believe it or not, it seems even smaller to me. It lays flat and works wonderfully on small flies or flies that require a lot of thread work.>>>>> Wing: White Calf Body Hair>>>>> Tail: Moose Hock>>>>> Rib: Pearl Krystal Flash>>>>> Abdomen: Purple Dubbing of your choice, I used Spirit River Atlantic Salmon Micro Dub in Violet color>>>>> Hackle: Brown and Grizzly Rooster neck or saddle>>>>> Thorax: Same Dubbing as abdomen
step: 2
Start the thread right behind the hook eye and wrap back to the mid-point on the shank. Return the thread to the 80% point on the shank. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 3
Cut, clean and stack a clump of white calf body hair. Measure the hair against the hook so it is a shank length long and tie it in at the eighty percent point with a tight, narrow band of thread. Be sure the hair is anchored to the top ofthe hook shank. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 4
Wrap back over the butt ends of the hair to the mid-point on the shank. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 5
Bring your scissor tips in from the back of the hook and clip the butt ends of the hair at a long angle. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 6
Wrap back down the tapered butt ends of the hair to the bend of the hook. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 7
Cut, clean and stack about 15 moose hock fibers. Measure this clump against the hook so it is a shank length long. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 8
Tie the moose hair in at the bend and wwrap forward over the butt ends to just in front of the hook point. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 9
Lift the butt ends of the moose hair up slightly and bring your scissor tips in from the rear of the hook again. Trim the butt ends of the hair across the top of the shank so they butt into the taper from the wing butts. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 10
Detail of the tail butts. Note that they feather into the wing butts, leveling off the underbody and eliminating gaps and bumps. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 11
Wrap forward over the butt ends of the tail, smoothing the underbody. Bring the thread all the way up to the base of the wing. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 12
Lift the wing up and sweep it back along the shank. Bring the thread to the front of the wing and build a thread dam against the base of the hair to prop it upright. You really want to pack these wraps tight against the base of the wing to wedge up against it. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 13
The wing ought to look a bit ike this right now. Note the tapered thread dam. If you try to just build a bump at the base of the wing, it most certainly will fall down, so a tapered wedge moving back into the front of the wing is much more secure. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 14
Bring the thread from the front to the back of the wing with two or three tight wraps against the back of the wing, gathering the stray fibers into a nice, neat clump. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 15
Lift the wing and wrap a tall thread post around the base of the wing. See the Blue Wing Olive tutorial on the site for more details if you have not yet mastered the parachute post. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 16
Remember to invert the bobbin as you wrap the post. Bring the thread back down to the base of the wing and take a turn of thread around the shankbehind the wing at the bottom to lock everything in. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 17
Divide the hair wing into two equal halves with your fingertips. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 18
Hold onto the far wing clump and wrap from the back near side of the wings to the front far side. You are making long X-wraps over the posted base and dividing the hair. Make about ten turns here to keep the hair separated. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 19
From this angle you can see the long X-wraps. Make another ten wraps going from the front near side to the far back side, opposite the direction of the first wraps, completing the other half of the "X". charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 20
Front view. Pretty clear where the thread wraps are working here, as well as WHY we wanted that thin thread... charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 21
Post the base of the far wing with just enough wraps to gather the hair into a neat clump. These post wraps take place above the first posting that we did to gather the wing in step 15. We want to end up with a "Y" shaped wing. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 22
Post the base of the near wing in the same manner. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 23
Bring the thread back around the hook shank to lock everything in. From this side view you can see a ton of thread wraps and see why we want to make sure every one of them counts. Don't worry about the mess, we'll clean this up right away. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 24
Make a few more tight wraps around the base of the wing to gather the loose X-wraps tight to the post. Once these are done, you should be closely approaching that "Y" shaped wing we are after. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 25
Here's our "Y"! charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 26
Tie in a single strand of pearl krystal flash at the base of the wing and wrap back over it to the bend. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 27
Dub a tapered abdomen up to just short of the wing. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 28
Spiral wrap the krystal flash forward through the abdomen with about five turns and tie it off at the base of the wing. Clip the excess. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 29
Prepare a brown and a grizzly rooster feather by stripping their bases, exposing their bare stems for about a half shank length. Lay the feathers together inside to outside, and no, it doesn't matter which color is on top. Tie the feathers into the shank at the back of the hook eye and wrap back over them to the base of the wing. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 30
Lift the feathers up against the base of the wing post and wrap around the wing base as well as the feather stems with the thread. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 31
Front view here. You can see the feather stems are wrapped tight to the base of the Y shaped wing post. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 32
Dub a thin strand of dubbing onto the thread. Start the dubbing just behind the hook eye and work back to the base of the wing to form the thorax. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 33
Dub back to the front edge fo the abdomen, forming the thorax. End with a turn of bare thread around the base of the wing. If you are tying right handed, this wrap should go counter-clockwise around the base of the wing, and if lefty, the wrap should go clockwise. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 34
Leave the thread hanging on the far side of the hook. Grab both the feathers in your rotary hackle pliers and wrap them with two or three turns from the top of the post to the base. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 35
Pull the feather tips down on the near side of the hook and pick the thread up in your material hand on the far side. Make three tight turns of thread around the base of the post, tying the hackle down to the post. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 36
Drop the thread over the hook eye as you come to the front of the wing post. Clip the hackle feathers as close to the base of the wing as you can. Whip finish the thread and clip. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 37
Finished fly, side view. From this angle, it looks like a standard parachute. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 38
From this view, you can clearly see the two wings. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 39
From the bottom, you can see the nice pearl rib, smooth collar and tapered body. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox
step: 40
This is the ParaWulff Adams version. Sub in Gray Superfine Dubbing for the body and gray microfibetts for the tail. I usually tie this version slightly slimmer for no particular reason, although the microfibett tails certainly add less bulk to the underbody. charlie's flybox
charlies flybox