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Parachute Dry Flies

Parachute Adams Traditional Parachute Light Cahill
Parachute Adams, (TW) Parachute PED Cream Puff
Parachute Blue Wing Olive  Parachute Pale Evening Dun
Parachute Blue Wing Olive , (TW) Parachute ParaWulff, Purple
Parachute Cream Puff Parachute Purple Haze
Parachute March Brown  Parachute Trico
Parachute Gulper Special  

Parachute style flies 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.

Parachutes are extremely popular dry flies.  The single biggest reason is that they are easy for  anglers to see on the water.  Most Parachute style flies are tied with a white wing posts.  White is easy for people to see but doesn't seem to spook trout.  However, Parachutes tied with wings tied from fluorescent materials have shown themselves to be an advantage under certain light conditions and are becoming more and more popular.  Check out our TwiLight (TW) Parachute patterns. They have a fluorescent blue or red Antron loop wing posts that are visible against almost any background. Even young eyes will appreciate these flies.

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

Parachute Flies are very popular for imitating mayfly hatches.  Because of the hackle placement, Parachutes ride with the fly body sitting flush on the water.  These versatile patterns may be used to imitate the slim profiles of may fly emergers, duns or spinners.  Under some circumstances Parachutes can even serve as floating nymphs.  Remember you can always use your leader clipper or scissors to trim a fly in the field to make it fit your current situation.  


Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing
This is one of the most popular dry flies in the Pacific Northwest.  It is used to imitate a wide variety of mayfly and caddis species.  It is often the best searching pattern when no surface activity apparent.  The wing is made from white calf body hair.
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1034-12 Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing 12 3 for $5.85
1034-14 Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing  14 3 for $5.85
1034-16 Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing  16 3 for $5.85
1034-18 Parachute Adams Traditional, White Wing  18 3 for $5.85

Parachute Adams, TwiLight, Red Wing
This pattern incorporates a fluorescent red Antron loop wing.  This color is easier to see than white when fishing where there are a lot of foam patches on the water.  
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1036-14 Parachute Adams, TwiLight, Red Wing 14 3 for $5.85
1036-16 Parachute Adams, TwiLight, Red Wing 16 3 for $5.85
1036-18 Parachute Adams, TwiLight, Red Wing 18 3 for $5.85

Parachute Blue Wing Olive 
This is a have to have pattern when fishing western streams and lakes.  The wing is blue dun colored poly, which give the fly superior floatation.
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1066-14 Blue Wing Olive Parachute 14 3 for $5.85
1066-16 Blue Wing Olive Parachute 16 3 for $5.85
1066-18 Blue Wing Olive Parachute 18 3 for $5.85

Parachute Blue Wing Olive , TwiLight Fluorescent Blue Wing
Because of the bright fluorescent blue wing, this unorthodox  looking pattern is easier to see on overcast days than more conventional colored flies..
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1067-14 Blue Wing Olive Parachute, TwiLight 14 3 for $5.85
1067-16 Blue Wing Olive Parachute, TwiLight 16 3 for $5.85
1067-18 Blue Wing Olive Parachute, TwiLight 18 3 for $5.85

Parachute Cream Puff
This fly is very popular for imitating Pale Morning Dun Mayflies on our local rivers.  Hatches can start in early May and continue through August.
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4100-16 Parachute Cream Puff 16 3 for $5.85
4100-18 Parachute Cream Puff 18 3 for $5.85

March Brown Parachute Parachute March Brown 
This very effective low floating quill body dry fly has a wing post made from lightweight highly visible poly.  It is very easy to see, especially on dark overcast days.
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3052-14 Parachute March Brown  14 3 for $5.85
3052-16 Parachute March Brown  16 3 for $5.85

Parachute Gulper Special 
This is one of the best late season Callibaetis patterns for local mountain lakes.  It has also proven itself as a mayfly spinner pattern for many streams and lakes.
Item Description Size Price To Top
1042-14 Parachute Gulper Special 14 3 for $5.85
1042-16 Parachute Gulper Special  16 3 for $5.85
1042-18 Parachute Gulper Special  18 3 for $5.85

Parachute Light Cahill
This popular fly imitates several species of light colored mayflies. It is very easy to see.
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3090-14 Parachute Light Cahill 14 3 for $5.85
3090-16 Parachute Light Cahill 16 3 for $5.85
3090-18 Parachute Light Cahill 18 3 for $5.85

Parachute PED Cream Puff
This is a great Pale Evening Dun pattern.  It is easy to see in the fading light. For yellowish colored PED hatches.
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1057-16 Parachute PED Cream Puff 16 3 for $5.85

Parachute Pale Evening Dun
This is a great Pale Evening Dun pattern.  It is easy to see in the fading light. For creamy colored PED hatches.
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3150-16 Parachute Pale Evening Dun 16 3 for $5.85

Parachute ParaWulff, Purple
Jack Dennis from Jackson Hole, WY combined the Wulff and Parachute styles of flies by using the second wing of the Wulff as a second parachute post to wrap a hackle around. This gives double the visibility to the angler and double the floatation for the fly. The ParaWulff, although exceptionally difficult to tie, became very popular because it made fishing rough water easier. Why the purple body color? Some angler believe that trout can see ultra-violet colors that we can't see. It works!
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14-0138-14 ParaWulff, Purple 14 3 for $7.50
14-0138-16 Parachute ParaWulff, Purple 16 3 for $7.50

Parachute Purple Haze
Maybe purple is the new black? No this is not the Purple Haze made famous by Jimmy Hendrix. This one was made famous by trout fishers in the West.
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14-0010-14 Parachute Purple Haze 14 3 for $5.85
14-0010-16 Parachute Purple Haze 16 3 for $5.85
14-0010-18 Parachute Purple Haze 18 3 for $5.85

Parachute Trico
Finally a Trico pattern that is easy to see.
Item Description Size Price To Top
2017-18 Parachute Trico 18 3 for $5.85
2017-20 Parachute Trico 20 3 for $5.85

The key to success is "understanding".  You can never know enough.
Understanding the organisms that trout feed on is one of the keys to catching trout.
The Hatch Guide For Western Streams by Jim Schollmeyer 
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