Use the Baetis Parachute as your go-to fly on may fly hatches. Also try the MicoDun or a comparadun variant. Several descriptions of both types on this site.’


When the Baetis hatch is well under way and the fish clearly is feeding on duns, nothing beats the Baetis Parachute Paradun. Tied this way, with sparse and straight hackle, the fly rides low and gives a convincing print in the water.

You might replace the fibettes with Coq de Leon and the poly wing with CdC feathers. The the choice is really not important.

Although I love this pattern, I always bring a comparadun and extended body variants in my fly box.


Hook: Mustad 94840 or Hends BL 454, size 14-16
Thread: Benecchi 12/0 Olive
Hackle: Hebert-Miner Natural Dun
Tail: Micro Fibettes, medium dun
Abdomen: FlyRite #10 BWO and some #41 Pale Olive (about 90-10)
Wing: Polywing
Thorax: The same as abdomen

Materials are listed in order of tying.

Taper the body like a cigar. Pay attention to the hackle – three or four turns is plenty. Make sure it is as straight as possible to create a clear body profile to the dry fly. This goes as a general advise to all parachutes.

Fishing tips

Use a long leader – 12 ft plus tippet. Apply dry floatant, such as the Dry Dip Super from Tiemco.