Tying Instructions: Parachute Ant

1. Lay a thread foundation covering the shank from the eye to the bend of the hook.
Step One
2. Apply the dubbing to the thread. Angora Goat has long fibers, so I'll lock a few of them with the thread against the shank and twist the fibers around the thread to create a loose rope.
Step Two
3. Dub a rear abdominal segment covering about 1/3 the shank length.
Step Three
4. Even up the tips of a clump of calf tail and attach the clump on the top of the shank at the midpoint of the front thoracic segment. The post should be about the same length as the shank. Make the post minimal to keep the bulk of the front segment down.
Step Four
5. Trim the butts of the calf hair and secure with thread wraps.
Step Five
6. Stand the post up with a few thread wraps, and wrap around the the base of the post to prepare it for the hackle.
Step Six
7. Dub over the wingpost butts and dub some figure eight wraps around the base of the wing post.
Step Seven
8. Tie in the hackle and wrap the stem up the post to where your first hackle wrap will start and then wrap the thread back down to the bottom of the post. Dub the thread tightly and wind in front and in back of the post to form the front thoracic bulge of the ant. You should have left enough space so that there is a small space between the front and rear segments to form the segmented ant shape. Don't let the front segment get larger than the rear segment. Step Eight
9. Wrap the hackle around the post several times and tie off. Do not overdo the parachute hackle. It's ok if the ant sinks into the film as long as you can see the white post.

Step Nine

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