With small Blue Winged Olives starting to hatch, I’ve been tying small parachute dries down to a size 24. Last time out on the Farmington, after the Trico spinner fall ended, it was the only fly that took fish for me.
There are many ways to tie a small parachute fly. You can use CDC for a wing post and whip finish the fly at the base of post. I’ve tried a bunch of styles.
My favorite parachute fly uses white poly yarn, as it’s easy to see on the water and the material floats. “Big eye” style hooks help, too. I also like finishing the fly behind the hook eye, as I think it’s more durable. So, after doing a bunch of online research, I found Charlie Craven’s method of tying a Parachute Adams.
To tie a #24 BWO, I alter his recipe:
- Orvis “Big eye” dry fly hook
- Micro-fibbets for the tails
- Olive thread for the body, with some taper
- White poly yarn for the post
- Olive dubbing for the thorax (make sure you peek at the fly from below, as that will be the trout’s view of the profile–you want a good-sized thorax)
- Grizzly for the hackle. I don’t bother with adding both Brown and Grizzly, as the fly is so small anyways