Parachute Mayfly

This fly can be tied in a variety of colour combinations to match the hatch. The cocked up wing post is imitating the wing of a mayfly dun.

Small mayflies are very effective patterns in trout and grayling fishing. The wing post looks very much like the cocked up wing of the real insect. The mayfly duns look like little sailboats when they are floating downstream on calm water. Many believe that the impression of the tails on the water are another trigger for the fish. I am not so sure about that as mayflies without these tails also catch fish, but I am sure that tails are very good outriggers and help the fly to sit correctly on the water’s surface.

Tying in splayed fibres to imitate a mayfly’s tail can be tedious though. My solution to the problem is to use a piece of floss to split and set the fibres. Bright green or orange doubles as another trigger. This little dash of colour at the end of the fly’s abdomen imitates the egg ball of an ovipositing female. Should you want an even sturdier fly you can tie down the wing post by the hook eye. I revert to that method when dressing smaller flies, imitating a baetis spinner for example.


Hook: Standard dry fly hook in size 18 to 10 

Thread: Dyneema 55 

Body & Tail: Fly-Rite dubbing, Coq de Leon fi bres for tails, UNI fl oss for the egg ball

Wing Post: Antron yarn – colour matching the hatch 

Hackle: Rooster hackle – saddle hackle best in grizzly or barred colours

Fly Tying at Skålestrømmen

Fly tying classes are part of the inclusive packages we offer at Skålestrømmen. You can learn to make these all these flies yourself. Tying materials and tools will be supplied if cannot bring your own.

The fly shown works very well in Skålestrømmen (and around the world). There are of course many other, mostly more complicated types of flies that also work, but we like it simple and efficient.

This fly and video are part of “Fly Tying – Modern Classics for Trout and Grayling – by Thomas Züllich” Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich is a digital book available on the apple bookstore and also via the Skålestrømmen online store. You can order and download a pdf version, which you can use in conjunction with the instructional videos on YouTube.

The book includes 90 minutes of video, over 100 pages of text and a many interactive graphics. The beauty is that you can read and learn about fly tying techniques at your own pace and then use the videos on your computer.

The intention is to make the fly angler understand and fabricate effective trout flies and also being able to improve and simplify the flies he’s been tying so far. The approach is to use old techniques and take them further to modern flies. While the reader can learn semi realistic nymphs and extended body flies, as well as patterns just based on one or two materials.

Staying true to his German craftsman roots, the author approaches fly tying in very efficient way. Thomas Züllich is a well respected fly tier known for his engaging and fresh approach.

The book features crisp interactive graphic content, videos and over 100 pages of informative and entertaining text. The book’s glossary explains over 100 fly fishing specific terms. To even learn more and discuss the fly patterns in the book the author maintains a facebook group. –

ALSO AVAILABLE AS IBOOK The book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

THIS MATERIAL IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. Excerpt From Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich available on Apple iBooks
THIS MATERIAL IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. Excerpt From Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich available on Apple iBooks