October 2011

"Generic" Parachute Fly

Jerry Grehl

Generic Parachute

Hook: Dry fly hook, of appropriate size
Thread: 8/0 Prewaxed, color appropriate to body
Body: Dubbing color
to match hackle
Hackle: Color appropriate to
imitate natural
Tail: Hackle fibers or micro-fibbets

Tying Instructions:
Step 1) Wind thread the length of hook shank, fasten a post material, preferably yarn material like poly 2/3ds up the shank towards the eye. Make two tight turns over, behind, and in front of post to fasten securely. It will look like a "vee".

Step 2) Wind thread COUNTER-CLOCKWISE (very important) up and down the post 1/16" to 1/8" depending on hook size.

Step 3) secure hackle, same size as if you were tying a traditional Catskill pattern, in front of post, then behind post. Leave enough stripped hackle stem to allow binding to post, 1/8" or 1/16". Hold hackle upright along post with one hand while winding thread up and down post, COUNTER-CLOCKWISE. Hackle and post should be standing straight up.

Step 4) Tie in tail, micro fibbets or hackle barbules, no more than four. anchor and splay them by a wind under the barbules. Remember, unlike a standard dry fly, the tail does not aid in floatation. It is there for aesthetic reasons only.

Step 5) Lightly dub thread. bring forward from base of tail to post. Make one or two turns of dubbing in front of post, finishing up behind the post. If using a quill body, always use a little dubbing thorax behind and in front of post.

Step 6) Wind hackle COUNTER-CLOCKWISE down the post while holding post upright with right hand. try not to over-lap windings. The hackle will look like a little pinwheel when viewed from the top, all barbules bending to the left. very important when finishing the fly.

Step 7) Holding the hackle pliers and hackle perpendicular to the hook shank and towards the eye, wrap the thread, which should be behind the post, COUNTER-CLOCK-WISE over, under hackle twice, close to the base of the post. try to keep things tight. clip off hackle tip close to the base of post WITH A HOBBY KNIFE! Important! Do not use scissors! An "Exacto" #11 blade or one similiar is perfect. Scissors will cut off barbules, ruining your fly! A single edge razor blade will work in a pinch, but not as effective as a hobby knife.

Step 8) The thread and bobbin should be hanging just in front of the post. Apply a little dubbing to finish thorax, ending up just behind hook eye. Half hitch or use a whip finisher. Clip post to about a hook gap length. Apply a dab of head cement, and Voila! The perfect parachute! A hardy little fly that will take a beating, unlike the ones you have been tying.

Photograph ©2011 by Marv Slind