I feel it is important to fish the water column
from the bottom to the top with the stages of
this insect to take full advantage of this insect.
Spinners, stillborn-cripples, emergers, adults, duns
and nymphs used when fishing the PMD will be to
Materials: PMD Parachute
Hook: Any 16 to 18, I prefer the Daiichi 1190.
Thread: Yellow, I like 8/0 Gudebrod.
Wing: Mallard, Parachute style.
Tail: Two Blue dun Micro Fibbets, Split.
Body: Pale Yellow to chartreuse
yellow super fine dubbing.
Hackle: Light to Medium barred Ginger.
I like to use one size larger than my hook.
Tying Instructions: PMD Parachute
The PMD Parachute is a very easy fly to tie.
It is an adaptable mayfly pattern. Be creative
and just plug in different colors for whatever
suits your needs in your waters.
1. Start by bedding your hook with your
thread, front to back. Make a small ball
of dubbing at the back to use for splitting
the two tails. Tie in the two Fibbets in front
of your ball of dubbing.
2. Select a Mallard flank feather that has
the barbs all the same length, not rounded.
You can use more than one feather. Strip off
the short fiber's and tie in Parachute style.
I like to hook my thread in back of the cut
off portion so as to hold the post upright.
Move your thread back to where you tied in
your tail, dub foreword to the post.
3. Tie in your hackle. I like to wrap up my
post and back down to give the hackle a nice
base for wrapping. Strip off a few barbs and
tie in the stem so it is ready to wrap without
tying down barbs.
4. Wrap in your hackle, top to bottom and tie
off in front of the post. Dub a bit in front
of your post so as to hide the tie in of your
hackle. Whip a very small head and cement.
I have not been without this fly in my box for
years. It does work for me. ~ Denny