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My Parachute
By Agostino Roncallo

  I am proud of the skill I have reached as fly tier. Artificial flies have become a passion with me since more than thirty years, nevertheless I still have new ideas. My fly patterns are actually the result of a rational process, that’s why from an assemblage I find another assemblage, in a logical and simple way, so naturally but not obviously, nor not in an accidental way. I trust in this system so that I hope to be able to find new artificial for a long time still.

  In the seventies, when I began to make the artificial flies, I discovered the existence of the parachute flies, very different from the others, the classical ones.

I will not describe the parachute assemblage, a quite old one, everybody knows that it is not easy to realize. It is very difficult for the fly tier to fix the imitation hackle above the stem of the hook without a solid base around it. So that its assemblage is not very strong and parachute flies of good quality are rare. I have looked for a solution of this problem for long years, and after many attempts, I found it finally in 1996. Using a small foam strip, fixed on the hook in a simple way, I created a strong base to wind about the hackle of rooster and I got a parachute fly that became famous among the Italian fly fishers. My parachute fly appeared on the Italian fly fishing magazine "FLY LINE" in 1998 with the title "Parachute The Perfection".



1) On a hook with right stem I fix the tails and the material to make the fly abdomen.


2) I make the abdomen


3) I fix a hackle of rooster close to the abdomen.


4) On the stem of the hook, in the half of the space between the end of the abdomen and the eye of the hook, I fix the foam strip. The small strip is of square section wide as the fly thorax.


5) I fix the strip on the hook to half of his length. Because of the fixing, the strip becomes as a V. In the same point, and with same criterion, I fix a piece of poly spun jammed in the V of the strip.


6) I create a dubbing to get the fly thorax.


7) Afterwards, I wind the hackle around the foam strip.


8) After I have wound the hackle in the parachute position, I fix it close to the hook eye, I make the dosing knot and I finish the fly cutting off the excesses of the hackle and the strip.


The needed foam must be strong. If you don’t find it in the fly shops, you could obtain it from a synthetic sandal. This foam not only makes a solid base, but also it allows a better horizontal distribution of the hackle barbs, so that none of these could be in a wrong position, towards the top. It is not necessary to use expensive hackles. Economical ones could be all right too, and only a few hackle turns are enough to make the fly float, so that the imitation has a transparent and light result. The foam strip is also useful, and instead of the rooster hackle you can use the twisted dubbing of hare hair. This hair makes a fly that skates very well on the water surface, that’s why my imitations of sedge parachute are mainly made with dubbing twister of hare hair.

My parachute patterns, like all parachutes, float touching the water surface. I don’t believe this feature is a problem. I think that for a trout, it is better to catch the flies while they are on the water, instead of over it, ready to fly away. This is only my empirical opinion, according to the impression I get, but fly fishing is not an exact science, and every fisherman can enjoy it as he prefers.

Examples of different flies tied with the same technique:

Text and photos by Agostino Roncallo © 2010


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