Parachute flies are flies where the hackle is wound around a wing post. The hackle helps the fly to land and sit correctly on the water. This tying method is used for imitations of mayfl y duns or emerging insects.

The Klinkhamer
Some say this pattern was a revolution in fly design. Even though half of the fly is submerged, it’s a dry fly as the prominent wing is very visible on the water.

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Carpet Yarn Caddis

Extended bodies flies are patterns where the insect’s abdomen is completely or partly separated from the hook shank. Traditionally, the hook shank is used as the core for the insects imitations abdomen and thorax. This is not the case with extended body flies. On these, only the thorax and / or the wing-case are wound around and onto the hook-shank. The positive arguments for extended body flies are strong.

Firstly, you are not limited by the hooks size and shape. Secondly, the extended bodies have a more realistic appearance as they are not as stiff as abdomen constructed directly on the hook shank. Finally, they also float very well, which enables one to use heavier and stronger hooks. Once one has understood the basic concepts, they are quick and easy to tie.

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Hare Mayfly Emerger

Hare Mayfly Emerger

This fly’s simplicity and effectiveness in striking and almost an insult to those other flies one spend countless hours tying, whereas filling a box with these just takes minutes.

This fly in different sizes and colours should be in every fly box. You might want to read Bob Wyatt’s fantastic Book “What Trout want.”, should you feel the desire to get deeper into the matter.

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Li-Flua (Shipman’s buzzer)

“Flua / flue” means fly in Norwegian. The pattern is derived from a variety of influences. One can definitely see elements of the Shipman’s buzzer or Gunnar Bingen’s “dyret” and similar flies.

Ribbed with tinsel it definitely is a Shipman’s buzzer, apart from the wing material, which is the hare fibres instead of Antron. The Wing material really makes a difference. The little bug has become my go to team fly when fishing from a belly boat.

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