Flyvolution is simply my phrase of describing how a fly evolves over time. These days I don’t fish as often as I would like, but that doesn’t mean I’m not having a lot of fun. Life isn’t only about fishing, it’s about family, farming and the great outdoors. I have only just got back to my fly tying desk after a month or two of tying very little. As is so often the case with me and my fly fishing, my flies seem to evolve much faster than I can fish them.
There’s been lots written about Leonard Flemming’s wolf spider pattern by several prominent fishermen. I have never used the fly, or tied one but I think that my favourite dry fly over all my years of fishing has evolved into something that looks fairly similar through the eyes of a trout. Well I reckon that it would pull the same triggers that a Wolf spider would. The response that fish have to my fly is unlike any other dry fly I’ve used. When I have used compared it to the deadly Para-Rab it seemed like the number of fish in the stream doubled, and the fish came back for a second bite if the first take was missed. I call my fly the Para-Daddy. It’s been particularly successful on my favourite Brown trout stream in the mountains close to where I live, and in the upper reaches of the Drakensberg streams in the Underberg area.
I have no idea if the fish will like my newest version of the fly, but I am fully confident that it’s an improvement on my last version which was my favourite fly up until yesterday evening when I tied the new version. I will only really get to test the fly out next summer so by then it may look something completely different, who knows, but I believe that Para-Daddy, version “10.0” is here to stay.
The newest version is basically a simplified version of the older one. The first version of the Para-Daddy had a long tail and parachute hackle with a squirrel tail halo. In the newest version in have done away with the tail which was probably an unnecessary addition in the first place, as I really believe that it’s a spider profile that the fish are seeing. I have also substituted the standard hackle with a CDC hackle which definitely gives the fly more life and bugginess. The following pictures are the evolution of my latest fly. The Para -Daddy is the great great great grandson of two legendary flies South African dry flies, the DDD and RAB, which then got crossed with a Para-Rab. The ingenious head design of the Para-Rab is probably the most important feature of the fly.