Video: How to Tie an Isonychia Parachute

Isonychia hatch from late May through October in some waters.

Isonychia mayflies go by many names—Mahogany Dun, Slate Drake, and Leadwing Coachman, among others—and they are among the more important sporadically hatching bugs in the East and Midwest. These insects rarely provide the blanket hatches that make sulfurs and caddisflies so exciting, but Isonychia emerge in light numbers almost every evening for much of the season, long after the “sexier” hatches are over. Although these bugs are generally not as important in the West, there are localized populations.

In this great video from Tightline Productions, Matt Grobert, an author and blogger, offers his simple method for creating this useful pattern. The ways that Matt creates the post and uses the moose body hair to make both wing and rear of the body are very cool, but it’s especially ingenious the way he finishes the fly. Even if you live in a region where Isonychia is not important, the tricks on display here will help you tie better Parachute patterns of any kind.

        Isonychia Parachute
          Hook: 1X-long dry-fly hook (e.g. Dai-Riki #300), sizes 10-14.
          Thread: Olive, 6/0.
          Post: White calf-body hair, cleaned and stacked.
          Tail: Moose body hair.
          Abdomen: Burgundy, black, and gray rabbit fur, mixed.
          Hackle: Medium dun neck hackle.

          Thorax/head: Burgundy, black, and gray rabbit fur, mixed.

8 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie an Isonychia Parachute”

  1. I’ve taken some of the neatest little tricks from these videos to my own tying bench. Thanks for another great one.

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  3. The photo of the iso seems to suggest that there should only be two-tail fibers but the fly pattern shows multiple tails. Does this have to do with the profile of what the trout sees?

    1. James, we use multiple tail fibers because the Isonychia hatches on medium to fast water and they help keep the fly floating well and level. The trout don’t seem to mind as these patterns (Tim’s & mine) work quite well. Matt

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