Mil-Spec Parachute PMD

Techie looks, with a Simple Technique

It's been a few years since I really focused on fishing PMD hatches, but as many of you know, it only takes one good hatch to start losing sleep in anticipating these pale yellow sailboats in the summer time.  Curtis and I started floating the Provo river quite a bit last year, and most of our focus was on big terrestrials and crippled caddisflies.  There seemed to be one section of the river that had slower water, picky fish, and plentiful PMDs, but it was always hard to take off a big foam fly to something that was a bit more technical.  We started pulling over, lengthening our leaders, and fishing PMD patterns, and it usually added 5 or 6 more fish to our total for the day.  PMD's are now varsity starters in our float boxes.  Because I had been playing with the Mil-Spec (marker barred) body style with lots of baetis patterns, I decided that it was time to do the same thing with PMD patterns.  Needless to say, it was a great success, and we caught a lot of fish on them.  Also, the light tan dun color of hackle is the ultimate PMD color for the waters we fish, and lots of other western trout streams...  Probably a good idea to incorporate it to your PMD patterns.  Anyway, add this body style on your favorite PMD pattern and catch fish!!! 

~ Cheech

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Hook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 16
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Light Cahill
Tails: Mayfly Tails - Light Dun
Thorax: Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Light Cahill
Post: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - Pale Morning Dun
Hackle: Whiting Hebert Miner Hackle Cape - Bronze - Light Tan Dun

Other tools from the tutorial:
Tiemco TMC Ceramic Bobbin (Std)
Fly Tyer's Z-Ment
Tiemco Tungsten Carbide Razor Scissor
Loon Ergo Bodkin