For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Saturday, July 5, 2014
As a fly tyer I have attempted to tie many different styles and patterns. From streamers to wets, to dries, and nymphs, I can pretty much tie a good representation of the fly I have chosen to duplicate. Some of the most problematic flies to tie for me are Catskill style dry flies. These flies are a joy to look at with their crisp lines and delicate hackles. The classic Atlantic salmon fly is another fly that is a nightmare for me to tie. Most other types of flies I can do an adequate job, and the fly will work and catch a fish or two.
The flies I fish most are dry flies. I'll fish these floaters at any time of the year, and most times they will bring a fish to the surface. My fly box has a variety of dry flies, Catskill, Wulffs, Bombers, Beetles, Ants. Theses flies along with those wonderful "parachutes" are the core of my fly box.
I don't know if this is true but I read somewhere that the parachute dry fly was created in Detroit in the 1930's by William Bush. I think I started seeing them in fly shops in the late 70's or early 80's. Well whenever it was I purchased some and was happy with the way they represented themselves. When I attempted to tie this type of fly it was as if I had 3 left hands and no vision. The flies were awful. They would land upside down, float sideways, twist the leader until it was rendered useless. After many years of trying I gave up tying parachutes. I now buy the few patterns and sizes I fish. These flies work, and very well.
Parachute sulphur patterns. I bought these at LL Bean. They have an orange body and a yellow body. I have them in size 14 and 16
The Adams parachute. One of the very best dry flies out there. This fly can save most any angling outing. I have them in size 12 to 18.
"Mr. Rapidan", this fly was created by Harry Murray of Virginia.