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Old 05-08-2008, 09:29 AM
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Question Standard vs. Parachute

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Just curious how many folks out there prefer a parachute dry to a standard, 2-wing hackled dry fly?

Do you find they work better/catch more fish during hatch and non-hatch times?

For whatever reason I've had very good luck with parachute dries...maybe I simply like them better so I tie more of them and thus have more in my fly-box... maybe it is because they tend to "sit" lower in the surface film...

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I think parachutes are definitely more realistic. I like parachutes and comparaduns for smoother water and tend to think of the standard catskill style dries for rougher water. Although parachutes float really well too.
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I like both of them. I can see the parachute in rougher water, so i use them when it gets rough or fast. Standard (in my opinion) just look better, so I try to use them if the conditions are right.

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I know this isn't a good reason for choosing a fly, but..... I have more parachute flies b/c they are easier to tie, so I end up using parachutes more often.
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Parachutes!! In my opinion they present a better profile to the fish from below than a standard dry. The success of a fly depends on the fishes view not mine. The more realistic it looks from below the surface the better it will perform in terms of action.
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Mostly use "para" patterns, or Comparaduns' as dshort mentioned. I love the look of traditional patterns and really have no aversion to using them, but I just don't use them very often.
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I pretty much tie only parchutes now, mostly for the reasons Davo cited.
They don't tip over if tied poorly as well .
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Mostly use "para" patterns, or Comparaduns' as dshort mentioned. I love the look of traditional patterns and really have no aversion to using them, but I just don't use them very often.
I just started tying comparaduns (haven't had a chance to use them yet...that'll change this weekend) and was wondering if you have any problems floating them? Do you use tons of floatant on the deer hair wing?

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Default Re: Standard vs. Parachute

Para's are my go-to dries most of the time and they're easy to tie. Frankly, tying traditional dries scares the heck out of me. On the subject of tying parachutes, does anyone use one of those "gallows" things, or whatever they're called? If anyone has and likes them and can give me a good source to get one, it would be most appreciated! I'm using a Peak vise and I didn't see anything on their website.

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