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PARACHUTE FLY PATTERNS
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Adams
Adams High-Vis
Baetis
Blue Dun
Black Gnat
Black Ant
Cahill Light
Hares Ear
Royal Coachman
Damsel Blue
Damsel Tan

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Pale Morning Dun
Para Caddis Olive
Para Caddis Tan
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Shroaders Hares Ear
Shroaders Hares Ear Olive
Shroaders Hopper


 


About the Parachute Fly
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PARACHUTE DRY FLIES

The name "parachute fly" is attached to flies in which the hackle is tied round a projection affixed to the top of the hook near the eye so that the hackle is affixed horizontally across the hook. The hook is covered in the manner of an open umbrella. The fly is balanced by the weight of the hook underneath the umbrella-like hackle. A Scottish tackle shop was the first to commercially market this style of dry fly. Most of the common dry fly patterns are tied in the parachute style.

The traditional fashion of dressing dry flies with upright wings and hackles that make the fly stand high on the water's surface may seem to be most appropriate but it is not necessarily the best design for catching fish. The parachute dry fly style allows the fly to sit low on the surface film, mimicking either a spent spinner, an emerging mayfly dun filling its wings, a stillborn, floating nymph or a crippled drowning fly trapped in the surface film. They can be extremely more effective at getting takes. Some traditionalist may refrain from using them but others find them very productive and easy to cast correctly. Often, we have to be concerned about the way a traditional tied fly sits on the water. Parachute patterns always seem to land and sit balanced on the water after each cast. They are very well suited to still water fishing, as once a ripple or two has broken over them they become waterlogged. The delicate presentation and softer landing is one of this pattern's principle merits. The parachute effect of the hackle causes the fly to gently descend to the water. They will not spook the fish as often as a normal dry fly. They are a number #1 choice for lake flies.

After the mayflies have stopped emerging and the surface action has quieted down, the fishing is not always over if you know where to look. Walk along the riverbank and look for bank side eddies or areas of slow slack pockets near the seam of faster moving water. Often, mayflies do not successfully emerge during the hatch and are referred to as cripples or stillborn. Some mayflies flip over, capsized in choppy water. They will collect in these eddies. Large trout will hang near these pockets rising to these cripples long after the original hatch has finished. Flip a Parachute into these pockets and let it drift in the eddy. You will be pleasantly surprised by the explosive take of a beastie trout as it emerges from the seam and slurps down your parachute pattern.


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