Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Parasol Emerger


Text and Photos by Stephen Chatterton

Hook Size 14 or 16 long shank
Thread 6/0 - colour to suit body
Body Mohair or dubbing
Tail Squirrel tail or feather fibres
Parasol 4lb mono and poly yarn
Rib Fine copper wire
Weight Lead wire
Legs Slightly oversized hen hackle
Wing Case Raffia or feather slips

The authors of "The Fly Tyers Benchside Reference" previewed this new concept in emerger flies in the Fall 2002 issue of Flyfishing & Tying Journal. Its shown here tied on a "Generic Nymph" but you can easily adapt this concept to your favourite nymph.

Tying Procedure

1a) Wind on the thread in touching turns from the eye to the bend of the hook.
b) Tie in a tail about as long as the hook shank consisting of a small number of equal length possum fur or feather fibres. 
c) Tie in a length of copper wire.
 

2. Now form the parasol:
a) Take a couple of pieces of poly yarn at least 2 cm long and separate the fibres as best you can with your fingers. 

2b) Take a length of around 30 cm of 4lb monofilament line and tie one end of the tippet material to the yarn at the half way point.
2c) Use a small comb to brush the fibres up to form the finished parasol. 
3. Tie the parasol onto the top of the fly half way along that area where the thorax will be. Start with the parasol about 2/3 of the length of the hook shank above the fly. You may need to experiment to find the exact position that will allow the finished fly to sit parallel to the surface of the water and the right depth below the surface film.  
4a) Pull the parasol forward so it is out of the tying field.
b) Dub on a cigar shaped body half way along the hook shank.
c) Wind the copper wire over the dubbed body to form 4 or 5 ribs.
d) Tie the copper wire off and trim.
e) Tie in two pieces of the wing casing material with the wing casing material trailing behind the hook.
f) Dub on the back half of the thorax making it thicker than the body.
 
5a) Tie in the hackle or hackles in case of an "Adams" dressing just in front of the first half of the thorax and pull and tie off half of the feather so that equal portions of the hackle stick out both sides and toward the back of the fly.
b) Complete dubbing the thorax nearly to the eye of the hook.
 
6a) Stand the parasol up.
b) Split the wing casing material and then pull the wing case forward half either side of the parasol and over the thorax and tie in directly behind the eye of the hook and trim.
c) Build up the head, whip finish and varnish.