Purple Haze Parachute SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

    Don't understand the fish's fascination with purple flies (any icthyologists to explain a trout's visual acuity/spectral sensitivity?), but it seems to work. Here's one take on Andy Carlson's pattern.



    hook - Dai Riki 320 #16
    thread - Uni 8/0 purple
    Tail - hackle fibers cree
    body - biot purple
    wing - Congo Hair white
    thorax - dubbing purple


    note - using a #16 here because the only purple biots I had were from a duck; shorter than goose or turkey so I went with the smaller hook. Depending on what body material is used, I've tied these up to #12's; consider this a flatwater edition.




    Mash down barb, start thread at 70% mark and create thread bump

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    pull off a bunch of hackle fibers, even tips and measure; lay the fibers on top of the hook to mark for length (for duns, I usually use shank length)

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    refer to Rusty Spinner SBS for tail tie-in instructions

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    tie in moistened biot notch side down for segmented body (notch up if you want it smooth)

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    wrap biot forward to 70% spot and tie off

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    tie in Congo Hair on top of hook shank (2 wraps is fine)

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    grab Congo Hair, pull up, create a post with thread wraps; brush post with a little Sally

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    prep hackle (upsize hackle by one - for a #16 fly, use a #14 hackle); grizzly or grizzly/brown would be fine, too. I just happened to have an older Charlie Collins cree with a few feathers this size

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    tie hackle to post with shiny side out

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    apply a bit of dubbing

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    and dub thorax

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    wrap hackle, starting at the top of the post

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    and continue wrapping down the post (6 wraps on a #16 fly should be good); leave tip of hackle in pliers, hanging down

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    take the bobbin, hold out so thread is horizontal/perpendicular to wing post

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    circle under hackle, around post, trap hackle tip with 2 wraps against post (I find it holds better than tying it with vertical wraps against the dubbed thorax)

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    tie thread off at head with double half/hitch x 2, trim hackle and one more brush with Sally

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    trim wing to length (I like shank length as measure) and you're done

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    I also tie in with Super Floss body and moose body hair tail for rougher water (all other steps are pretty much the same); a bit of a bulkier look but it works well, too

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    I love the original and Scott's cool variations. MFC is selling a variation called the Purple Craze. It has a thorax dubbed with something like purple ice dub.
     
  3. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    greastest trout fly ever invented. . . ever!
     
  4. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    ive tied them with dark purple, light purple, ice dub purple. i plan on tryin out a purple biot body klinkhammer style parachute next year.