Parachute & Klinkhamer flies

Parachute flies are one of the most popular patterns among dry fly fishermen

Parachute flies are very popular and appreciated by dry fly fishermen. They get their name from the horizontal arrangement of the hackle, which acts like a real parachute. On the one hand, this parachute means that the fly almost always lands in the right position on the water surface. On the other hand, the countless fibres of the horizontally tied hackle rim support the floating properties of the fly extremely positively, so that parachute flies float for a very long time, even in turbulent conditions. The special tying method also allows the rear part of the fly to penetrate the water surface with the hook, while the rest of the artificial fly remains out of the water, with exceptional stability. The protruding fibres perfectly imitate the legs and antennae of the insects that the fly is supposed to imitate. Last but not least, parachute flies are highly visible because the upper part of the parachute, the so-called post, acts like a real indicator, especially when tied in striking colours that are highly visible due to their position only above water.

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Parachute flies and Klinkhamer flies have more advantages towards traditional tied dry flies: the specific tying manner, by which the hackles form a wide parachute-like base, let the flies land very gently on the water surface, which is very important for spooky fish.

Further the body of the fly imitation can immerse into the water surface film and is hold by the parachute hackle circle. Therefore, the complete fly body is visible from the fish perspective.

Parachute flies always land accurate on the water and usually float better than classic dry flies. Moreover, they are clearly visible, thanks to the post, which is often accomplished colorful.

Klinkhamer flies are tied as Parachute flies; nevertheless, the fly body is situated entirely in the water, still deeper than normal Parachute flies. Furthermore, there is always used a thin curved hook (grub). Hans Van Klinken invented the Klinkhamer flies in the 80s.

Paraloop flies are a derivative of the Parachute flies for relatively fast waters. The bushy palm (hackles) is tied in into the upper part of the fly body - due to the high air inclusion these flies float excellently.