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  1. #1
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    Default Greenwells Parachute

    GREENWELLS PARACHUTE

    A classic pattern that works a treat for any of the darker olives, any self respecting fly box should have a few.

    HOOK TMC 103BL Sz 17.
    THREAD Pearsall's Primrose Silk Heavily Waxed (with some of tango's excellent black wax - cheers tango).
    TAIL Coch Y Bondou Cock (typically furnace - but I've none).
    POST Cream Anton Yarn.
    BODY Thread.
    RIB Gold Wire.
    HACKLE Coch Y Bondou Cock (typically furnace - but I've none).


    STEP 1

    Catch thread on and trim the waste.




    STEP 2

    Catch in the tail and wind thread back to the bend.




    STEP 3

    Tie in the rib.




    STEP 4

    Wind the rib in open turns to the thorax.




    STEP 5

    Tie in the post material, I do this by catching it in at its mid point over the hook shank and folding it up to form the post, then take a few wraps in front and behind and a few wraps around the post to form a decent base for the hackle.




    STEP 6

    Tie in the hackle, leaving the thread at the eye.




    STEP 7
    Wind the hackle around the post three times, you don't the hackle too thick, it doesn't take much to keep it afloat. Tie off at the eye.




    STEP 8

    Build up a slight thorax and wipe finish.




    STEP 9

    Trim the post to length.



    Cheers

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    Excellent step by step Murtol.Thanks. Nice and sparse just the way ( imo) it should be. I see a lot of flies slightly over dressed (guilty now and again myself, especially new patterns) and it is a pleasure to see a simple , effective quick tie. I so often see 6 or 7 wraps on parachutes and often think ( through my own trials of fly weight on water, ) that this is too excessive(unless fishing really fast water) and can lead to lack of transparency in representation of legs) spell check? Keep em skinny Sorry i just noticed this thread, not been on forum much lately or would have replied sooner. Have a few trusted patterns ,very similar, that are get out of jail cards. and can bring fish up when the chips are down. Boils down to confidence and presentation. Well done and thanks for sharing.
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    lovely fly. will take fish anywhere. I think its important to have a really light hook like the 103bl if you are using only a few wraps of hackle. i have had considerable problems with 1/2 wrap parachute flies sinking on all but the calmest of water.

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    tie in a second hackle of grizzle for an even more effective pattern

    P
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    Nicely done Murt
    Dave Wiltshire

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    Cheers guys, glad you like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrP View Post
    tie in a second hackle of grizzle for an even more effective pattern

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    Thanks MrP, I'll give it a go.

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    nice simple stuff luv it and im going to add some to my box for the start of the season ...
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    Just a wee comment whilst I like my flies sparse I think this one could well be improved by a few more turns of hackle. And why the Knapek hook, does not lend it'self to a dry in my opinion but nice. I see a lot of people using them for flies that they were not originally intended for & whilst it sometimes gives good results I have my doubts in this style of fly. Other mileage may vary.Good step by step photos never the less.
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    Last edited by Highlander; 18-11-2008 at 11:19 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlander View Post
    Just a wee comment whilst I like my flies sparse I think this one could well be improved by a few more turns of hackle. And why the Knapek hook, does not lend it'self to a dry in my opinion but nice. I see a lot of people using them for flies that they were not originally intended for & whilst it sometimes gives good results I have my doubts in this style of fly. Other mileage may vary.Good step by step photos never the less.
    Tight Lines
    Highlander,
    Its a Tiemco 103bl dry fly hook. I'd often fish this fly on slow flat water where the fish have a lot of time to inspect it, and if the hackle's not sparse enough they will turn away pretty quickly. On faster water you could get away with a heavier hackle, but with the anton post ginked up it not really needed there either. I think, looking at this particular fly again, that the tail could have been slightly shorter.
    Cheers,
    Murt.

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    Thats a very nice SBS,thank for sharing....

    andy

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