Sloan's Paralyzer |
By Jason Akl
Parachute patterns have some of the most unique construction out of all the different dry fly patterns that exist. These so called parachutes are characterized by the use of a horizontal post wrapped with hackle. This parachute style of hackling a fly creates a slim profile for the fly while on the waters surface but at the same time provides good floating ability even on turbulent water. This horizontal hackle allows the fly to also ride lower in the waters film creating a more realistic imitation of the insects that fall to the waters surface.
The paralyzer fly pattern was originated by David Sloan a fly fishing instructor, guide and excellent fly tier. The paralyzersí greatness comes from its ability to mimic many different food sources for trout. In the smaller sizes this patterns is great at imitating the late summer caddis and stoneflies. With the deer hair wing tied in this pattern, it is not out of the question that the paralyzer can also be used to imitate the smaller of the summer hoppers.
Fishing the paralyzer is easy and fun. All you need is a weight forward floating line and a light tippet. Cast the fly upstream and across from your position, and let the fly drift free downstream. Mend the line as needed to keep the fly drifting with as little drag as possible. A good idea is to try this fly in dry and dropper combination. The buoyant deer hair wing coupled with the parachute hackle is perfect to tow a small bead-headed nymph. If you find yourself having a rough run on the river try a paralyzer pattern and see what all the fuss is about.