I’m calling this a Parachute Ant, but really I use it for a lot of different presentations. I might use it to imitate a black or brown caddis, but I also use it in smaller sizes to imitate midge dries as well. This fly doesn’t sit on top of the water entirely, which I also like. If you grease up the parachute with a gel floatant, this thing will ride just below the surface looking like a struggling bug… right in the trout’s strike zone. The parachute post can be tied in white or orange. I like the orange sometimes because a lot of rivers in Maine are tannic colored and hard to locate white because of all of the foam on the water.
As far as tying, look up a klinkhamer video and basically copy it. The only difference is that you’ll just use dubbing for the whole fly and can leave the peacock herl on the tying bench. It’s a pretty easy tie, and once you get the hang of it you can whip up a couple dozen in 2 hours.
Hook: Emerger hook down eye size 16, 18 & 20
Thread: Black UTC 70
Hackle: Black or tan dry fly hackle
Post: Mcflylon in white or orange
Aaron Broaddus is a passionate fly fisherman and a Maine guide.