The Parachute Hopper is my go-to sample for summer time fishing on mountain streams.
Photograph by Sandy Hays
One August afternoon on a southern Colorado river, my information handed me one of many extra godawful dry flies I’d ever seen—an abomination constructed fully of froth, rubber, and artificial fibers. Though hardly a purist, I do admire a minimum of a nod to fur and feathers in a fly, and this factor regarded like a science venture. Seeing the look of horror on my face, Jason assured me that the fly was his favourite hopper sample for the water and a sample on which he had taken some actual monsters. One of many essential classes I realized after I was a information was “All the time belief your information,” so I didn’t argue.
For the subsequent hour, I labored upstream, casting that monstrosity into each pocket, alongside each cutbank, and subsequent to each seam, with out a single hit. It was inconceivable, actually, that the fly wasn’t producing below such prime situations. There needed to be trout in these spots, and they need to be trying upward for a giant, tasty meal. Lastly, unable to take it any longer, I clipped off the froth sample and tied on a Parachute Hopper—a fly I exploit to nice impact from July via September on the freestone mountain streams of Vermont.
On the third solid, a beautiful cutthroat smacked the fly, and as I introduced the fish at hand, I felt vindicated. The remainder of the afternoon was a bonanza. Cutthroats and cuttbows in facet channels and alongside the banks eagerly attacked the Parachute Hopper, to the purpose the place the savaged fly needed to be retired to a spot of honor on the middle of the fleece patch on my vest.
Certainly this was a victory for pure supplies, time-tested patterns, and the normal prejudices of the mental East, proper?
Nah. The failure of the Foam Hopper was in all probability my very own rattling fault. I didn’t trust that the fly would work, and that become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The rationalists amongst us will pooh-pooh this notion as overly superstitious, however there’s simply an excessive amount of anecdotal proof to disregard. What number of instances have you ever seen your luck change whenever you tied on considered one of your “go-to” patterns?
If I would like a streamer that I do know will work, I typically select the Hawkins Triple Double.
Photograph by Phil Monahan
The one clarification I can give you is that it’s not the fly in any respect, however the truth that you fish higher with a fly that you just imagine in. You solid extra rigorously, enable the fly to float longer and are extra ready for a strike that you just count on to return at any second. There are specific flies in my vest that simply really feel extra proper than others in a given state of affairs. Had Jason fished that foam nightmare over the identical water, I wager he would have caught simply as many fish as I did with my parachute model. It’s simply one other means that fly fishermen can all get pleasure from the identical sport, but every makes it his personal.
So what’s your confidence fly and why?