In the fly fishing world many consider dry fly fishing to be the ultimate experience.
This has resulted in a confusing array of dry fly styles available. One
such style is the Parachute style flies. They are constructed so that
the hackle is wound horizontally around the up-right wing instead of
vertically around hook shank as in conventional flies. The hackle is
what gives most dry flies their floatation. The Parachute hackle
configuration allows a fly to float well in rough water. Parachutes are
stable in heavy flows, but are also delicate on smooth surfaces. They
are equally useful on mountain run-off streams, spring creeks and lakes.
The single biggest reason Parachutes are so popular is they are easy
to see. The white wing is visible to the angler, and doesn't spook the
fish. In the Prince Nymph
has proved fish actually like the contrasting color of white. The most
proven dry fly presentation in moving water is the drag free drift. Odds
go way up when you can place your fly perfectly in a rising trout's
feeding lane. This may be accomplished only if the fly is visible.
Parachutes also always land right side up, and like the name indicates
they have a soft landing on the water. They ride low in the water, which
allows for easier hook-ups, and fewer missed strikes.
Because they ride so low Parachutes can be used as an emerger
pattern as well, their tails are seen as the trailing shuck thrown of by
emerging nymphs. They also can be used imitate spinners, their hackle
is seen as imitating the horizontal wings of a fallen mayfly spinner.
Parachutes are mainly used to imitate mayfly hatches, but the Parachute Adams,
can also be used to imitate caddis as well. In fact so popular is the
Parachute Adams, that it was recently ranked in the top ten all-time
trout flies in American Angler magazine. There are also Parachutes now
available to imitate a wide range of insects, including hoppers,
salmonflies, and terrestrials. Look for more additions to this popular
line of flies from The Big "Y" Fly Co.