Tactical Purple Haze
Cheech - April 13, 2017
The Purple Haze is no secret anymore, and it's becoming more and more popular in fly boxes across the country. The Parachute Adams is arguably the most versatile fly on the planet, but in certain situations, a few little highlights of purple make all the difference. On this fly, I really didn't do anything different other than sparse up the tail, make a more realistic post that looks more like a mayfly wing, and change the color of the hackle ever so slightly. Oh yeah... I also added a razor sharp Fulling Mill dry fly hook for maximum fish hookiness. The fly really doesn't need a lot of introduction other than explaining those changes. Just make sure that you watch how I tie off the hackle and whip finish because those are two techniques you can use on any parachute fly.
Hackle: I listed the high and dry hackle on this one, but Whiting (Red Label) and Hebert Miner are great bets too. Rest assured - If we sell it, it's going to be great dry fly hackle.
Body: Change it up and tie these in various colors. Try burnt orange, and brown...
Thorax: I use a blend of dubbing for the thorax (80% Nature's Spirit fine natural, and 20% ice dub), but that's not necessary. Lots of people leave out the ice dub.
Hook: I used the Fulling Mill Ultimate Dry Fly hook on this, but the Firehole 419, and the Hanak H130 are also great choices.
- Hook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook, Barbless - 14
- Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Purple
- Tail: Nature's Spirit Speckled Moose Body Hair - Medium Dun
- Body: UNI Flexx - Purple
- Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Purple
- Thorax: Nature's Spirit Fine Natural Dubbing - Purple Haze
- Post: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - Quick Silver