Parachute Adams Body and Wing Post
After the thread has been wrapped forward to secure the tail, stop and add the body dubbing to the thread. Leave about an inch of bare thread between the hook shank and the top of the dubbing. It’s much easier to apply the dubbing very tightly when twisting it on an inch or so down from the hook, rather than trying to get one’s fingers up tight against the hook. Now, wrap back to the rear of the shank. This will use us the inch of thread and bring the dubbing right up into place ready to wrap on to form the body. Wrap the dubbing forward to form a nicely tapered body. Now, pay close attention. Remember that production tying is not just speed tying. It’s also really good tying. So, as you wrap the dubbing forward, don’t be afraid to stop and back up a turn or two and re-wrap, add more dubbing, or remove dubbing, until you get the body just right.
Now for the wing. I prefer to us a sparkle nylon yarn or similar material so that the wing has some “zing” to it. Besides, it makes tying in the wing much faster and more effectively that using calftail or other hairs. Chop off a chunk of yarn about six times the length of the finished wing (this length is easy to handle) and separate out a clump that is ½ the final thickness of the wing. Fold this chunk up and around the hook shank, immediately ahead of the body. Secure the clump with figure-8 wraps, and then wrap around the base of the wing, just above the hook shank, 8 to 10 very tight turns (Figure 1).