Dry flies have one thing in common – they all float. Some float because they are tied of buoyant materials (foam hoppers for instance), some depend on chemical help in the form of a silicone floatant and some are designed to partially float (emergers and of course the legendary Klinkhamer Special). And finally, some are tied, so they rest on the surface film as a result of their dressing.
Parachute dry flies are some of the most effective for different reasons. First of all (we are talking dry flies) they float well. The horizontal hackle provides a large contact area with the surface meniscus, which means that for very critical presentations, you can float the fly 2-3 times over fish without the use of any floatant, which sometimes can spook very selective fish.
Parachute flies also imitate quite well. The horizontal hackle does a good job of imitating the legs of the dun on the surface, and also provides a more unobscured view of the wing. In this video we have put the amazing Dutch tyer Jan De Haas behind the vice to tie his version of a Dun Parachute.
Hook: Ahrex FW503 # 14, Dry Light Barbless
Tail: CDL fibres
Body: Turkey quill
Wing: Off-white antron yarn
Thorax: Mole dubbing
Hackle: Dun dryfly hackle
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