one fish, two fish, three fish, eight !

a Reversed-Parachute Midge Emerger
the other day we had an article, step-by-step and tutorial video on Roy Christie’s fantabulous Reverse-Parachute emerger and while viewing it again the idea of incorporating Roy’s hackle and thorax design to an emerging midge abdomen lit up and this is what came out of it.

this is a size 16 copy of the original, the first one having been selfishly brought home by some overly-excited slimy brute, Mister Nine.

the title of this post kinda says it all but it was rather a special moment so here goes again. it’s pretty rare that a fly gets so much attention on it’s first try , specially without additional tweaking.
so, first cast with the new pattern = first fish. second cast = second fish, third cast, ditto. in the excitement i lost count but one of the trout jumped out of the water to take the fly on the way back down, making an enormous big splash, instant and automatic hook-up while having me WooP-WooooP for all to hear.
now, i  rarely WooP-WooooP but this kind of fishy action is as good as it gets !  i’m pretty sure the only ones who heard it where a local gang of crows but i’m also sure that just like me they’ll never forget. Mister Nine kept it for his own collection and the special half hour moment ended.

another one size 18 with it’s little dropper nymph size 20 to hang just below the emerger-

made with:
hook- Maruto C47 BL #14 – 20
thread/abdomen- Veevus 8/0 black. tied in ‘ messylumpy’ because ‘messylumpy’ is well, sexy…
rib & hackle loop- Maxima nylon tippet 4 lbs brown
dubbing/thorax- Mad Rabbit natural & black with a few drops of peacock Hends Specta
hackle- genetic saddle ginger

for the hackling method click the link at the top of the page and don’t be intimidated if you’re trying this out for the first time. it’s a lot easier than it may first appear, enjoy !

Fly Tying- Roy Christie’s Reverse Parachute Fly

just like their creator Roy Christie, born on the wee ‘Putting back the rocks’ burn * , these very much ‘out of the box’ flies are an ingenious alternative to the more classical patterns.
i’m still in awe with this hackling method. not only does it leave  a perfect ‘puffy’  and buggy imprint on the water’s surface but they’re also as durable as imaginable. to prove the point, at shows, Roy throws them on the ground and stomps and grinds them under his cowboy boot !
other parts of the fly, specially the hook, might get a little wear and tear from this rather extreme exercise but the hackle at least always come back in very fishable form. as we see below and on the sbs, the hackle is wound then later entrapped by the monofilament support. in actual terms, even though the feather’s stem is still there, the strong mono takes over as the major support of the fibers.
designed as emergers, the abdomen/tail section lies below the surface, further helping the degreased leader tippet sink and stay under the surface where it’s most discreet to the fish. f’n brilliant…
i could go on and on but i’ll let Roy explain all this and more on the video below.

so, to make this lovely little number-
 painted by Jeff Kennedy

you’ll need to start by making this,

then this,

and this.

sure, there’s a few more steps before, during and after and to find them you can click HERE for another great step by step via UK Fly Dressing

and if that doesn’t do it for ya, here’s Roy himself tying and explaining how to make this amazing fly. enjoy !

a few in various colors and variances from one of my boxes. some where tied by Roy, some by myself.

don’t leave home without ’em !

burn 2  (bûrn)

n. Scots

A small stream; a brook.[Middle English, from Old English burna; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.]