Fly Tying: Sparklebutt Parachute

The Sparklebutt Parachute is an awesome pattern that I usually tie in a #18 down to a #22. Often times this is the perfect fly to turn to when the little mayflies or even midges are starting hatch. When fish stop rising to an Adams, this usually does the trick.

Sulky Holoshimmer
Sulky Holoshimmer (found at Jo-Anns)


– #18-22 curved caddis hook

– Gray thread – UTC 70 or 8/0 Uni-thread

– Sulky Holoshimmer Thread – found at Jo-Anns

– Polypropelene (or whatever post material you like to use)

– Dry fly hackle

Sparklebutt Parachute 1
Sparklebutt Parachute 2
Sparklebutt Parachute 3
Sparklebutt Parachute 4
Sparklebutt Parachute 5
Sparklebutt Parachute 6
Sparklebutt Parachute 7
Sparklebutt Parachute Final




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7 Responses to “Fly Tying: Sparklebutt Parachute”

  1. Gary

    Thanks for putting this pattern up Ben. This is a great fly. It works.

    • azwanderings

      They really do well for me here in AZ when all else fails and I need something small. Let me know how they work for you.


  2. Gary

    I finally ordered my shirt. I may have some more mojo on the water.

    • azwanderings

      Thanks for the support Gary. It’s in the mail on its way. Best of luck on the water.


  3. shoreman

    I like it just because of the name. I’m still working on smaller flies. I’ve got the fat finger problem.


    • azwanderings

      It takes me a while as well to tie the smaller flies. Sure is fun when they start to come together. Thanks for the kind words Shoreman.



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