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Young: How to assemble an effective array of dry flies


April 13, 2013
By Walt Young , The Altoona Mirror

I settled on parachute-style flies for virtually all my mayfly imitations years ago. I believe parachutes look more natural and work better than standard dry fly patterns that employ hackle wound around the hook like a bushy collar. Mayflies just don't look like that. On parachute flies, the hackle is wound around the base of the wing in a horizontal fashion to better simulate legs and to allow the fly to sit on the water more like the real insect, which I'm sure contributes to the overall effectiveness of parachute flies.

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