Sulphur Parachute Emerger

This post is a review of one I wrote last year:

In June of 2012, my friend Bill Shuck, of Jarrettsville, Maryland, spent some time in Roscoe tying at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum for a gathering of soft-hackle devotees from The event is planned for May 25th again this year, to be held at the CFFC&M. Anyone in the Roscoe, New York, area over Memorial Day weekend is encouraged to stop in at the Museum to see some of the best soft-hackle fly tiers in action, tying North Country spiders, flymphs, and soft-hackle wet flies.

Anyway, after I published my Parachute Emerger post, Bill tied some up and took them to New York with him. He had sent me an e-mail last summer about his success with the pattern, and I thought it was worth revisiting. Here is Bill’s note:

Donnie ~

I forgot to tell you that I tied up a few of your Sulphur Parachute Emerger pattern with the foam wing case / post before my trip to Roscoe and stuck them in my box of Sulphur Comparaduns and Snowshoe Hare Emergers. I was doing so well on the Comparaduns all week that I pretty much forgot about your pattern, but on Sunday before I hit the road for home, I stopped over at the Roscoe Campground to say my fond farewells to some friends who were staying there. Well, wouldn’t you know it? There were fish rising in the Beaverkill right out in front of the campground, which is located just downstream from the Junction Pool in Roscoe.

I geared up, waded out, and started drifting Comparaduns and Snowshoe Hare Emergers over these fish, but all I got were splashy refusals. Then I remembered your parachute emerger pattern, scrounged around in my box until I found one, tied it on and on the second drift, hooked up with a nice fat brownie. That just made my day, and I got out and headed home. But you can be sure I’ll have more of those available to me the next time I go out!


I thought I would post the photo again, but the pattern recipe and tying instructions can be found in the original post. Mayfly pattern imitations can be varied by changing the hook sizes and dubbing and hackle colors.

Sulphur Parachute emerger. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

Sulphur Parachute Emerger, #14 scud hook. Tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

4 comments on “Sulphur Parachute Emerger

  1. Kelly L says:

    That is a great looking fly there Don. Thanks for the post on the blog about this.

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Kelly;
      The fly pattern is a revisit from last year…thanks for your comment! Thought it timely to post it again since the sulphurs will be up and coming before too long. At least on Spring Creek here in PA…we’ve had a run of colder weather again, so that will slow things down as far as trout stream hatches.

  2. Bill Shuck says:

    Thanks for the plug about our Flymphforum soft hackle tying session at the CFFC&M, Donnie. The actual date this year will be Saturday, May 25, and we’ll be set up to demonstrate our craft in the new addition recently opened by the Center. If any of your readers are in the Roscoe area at that time, they are encouraged stop by and watch some of the best fly dressers around tie up North Country spiders and Leisenring / Hidy-style “flymphs”.

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