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How to Tie the Parachute Purple Haze

In this great video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler offers his method for creating this flashy but effective pattern, invented by Andy Carlson, who guides on the Bitterroot River. The key is in where you place the wing post, which is farther back than those of most parachute patterns.

Video: How to Tie the Parachute Purple Haze

If the spring-like temperatures across much of the West continue, we can probably expect to see some early mayfly action in the next few weeks. I had great luck with the Purple Haze on Montana’s Rock Creek a couple years ago during an April hatch of blue-winged olives, and I assume it will work elsewhere, as well. It’s a fly you’ll find yourself returning to throughout the season. The pattern was invented in 2000 by Andy Carlson, who guides on the Bitterroot River, and it has become very popular as both a searching pattern and as an imitation for several mayfly hatches. In this great video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler offers his method for creating this flashy but effective pattern, invented by Andy Carlson, who guides on the Bitterroot River. The key is in where you place the wing post, which is farther back than those of most parachute patterns.

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  1. Another great fly when using the Z Ment to strengthen the hackle from comeing apart! I have used head cement
    prior to this but the results were better with a harder adhesive,
    Thanks
    Greg

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