Parachute Post Dual: Picking the Best Color and Material

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Learning from the River

Neer Hair - The author's favorite post material!
Neer Hair – The author’s favorite parachute post material!

Years ago, I thought parachute style flies were an unnecessary curiosity. Slowly over the years, I have come to appreciate them more and more. Over the last couple of years, they have become part of my core group of “go-to flies.” By the time this is posted, two of my earlier posts detailed using parachute flies (Bobber Fly Fishing and Speed Nymphing – It Really Can Work!). I believe there are two issues that influence how effective these flies can be: post color and post material.

Choosing the Best Color – Seeing the parachute fly on the water is a key issue. If you can’t find the fly, it is tough to know when to set the hook. I first ran into this issue several years ago on my second trip out west to fish the Madison.

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