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Old 02-08-2014, 01:40 PM
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Default Parachute vs Traditional

I'm sure it's been asked here before, but my searching skills seem to be awful today. I'm realize that parachute flies sit lower on the water, but my question is why/when should you use one style vs the other?
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I don't think there is any "right" time for fishing 'chutes over traditionals, or vice versa. It's more a personal preference for the majority of the guys that I fish with, as some of them prefer parachute patterns because of its enhanced visibility over the same pattern in a traditional tie. It's amazing how quickly the eye can pick up the white or hi-vis posts commonly used on most parachutes.

Personally, I tie about 4 parachutes these days for every one traditional fly I wrap. I've long been partial to parachute patterns just because of their visibility and their versatility. If you're fishing parachutes and find yourself in need of a nymph in that same pattern, a few snips with the scissors and a pinch of weight suddenly puts you back into business. I have a whole box of "nymphs" that began life as dry-fly parachute patterns.

As for the fish? They don't really care, so long as the fly looks "buggy," just as trout could care less about how much you spent on a given rod or reel. It's all about how well you can cast the rod you're holding, and how natural your presentation of the fly appears in a trout's window...
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Default Re: Parachute vs Traditional

Thanks! That's exactly the kind of info I was looking for. I'll have to try tying up a few and see for myself. I appreciate it. I notice a lot of the patterns use calf's hair for the posts. I can't seem come by any locally. Is there a noticeable difference in using a synthetic substitute?
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I like a high vis synthetic post for my parachutes. Dont know if its true or not but I feel like the synthetic sheds water better than calf tail
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Default Re: Parachute vs Traditional

I think the parachutes are more versatile as they can also resemble emergers, spinners and cripples too.

Not sure the trout agree, but that's my story...

I agree about the visibility advantage of parachutes too. I usually tie mine with a fluorescent yellow poly post that almost glows in low light and is easy to see in the foam during the day.
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I use more thorax type flies because they are easier for me to tie. They sit low on the water like the parachute flies but are faster for me to tie.


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I think the parachutes are more versatile as they can also resemble emergers, spinners and cripples too.

Not sure the trout agree, but that's my story...

I agree about the visibility advantage of parachutes too. I usually tie mine with a fluorescent yellow poly post that almost glows in low light and is easy to see in the foam during the day.
Whether it looks more like an emerger or a cripple, it sits low in the film either way, which (I think) tells the fish it's likely to be easier prey than one with the body already free of the water surface. So I think parachutes are not only easier for us to see because of the wing post, but also more alluring to the fish, than a traditional tie.
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It's all starting to make more sense now. Thanks guys, for the replies.
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Another attribute of parachute patterns is they'll always lay proper. Traditional patterns have more of a chance of landing on their side then sitting up proper.
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I tied a passable parachute,,it'll do...but I've wondered if the gallows thing you can get for your vise that hold your post up snug vertically really helps a lot? I'd bout get one for my Regal if I thought it really made things easier.

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