My favorite Pale Morning Dun imitation: The Hi-Vis PMD Parachute.
This fly is the perfect indicator that fish also eat! I use this fly constantly on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks with another fly trailed behind it. Rather than use an indicator, a nymph or emerger may be tied directly off of the bend with 6x or 7x tippet. I usually keep the distance no more than eighteen inches.
- Standard Dry Fly Hook TMC 101, Dai-ichi 1310, Dai-Riki 305, etc.
- Turkey Biots
- Antron Yarn
- Hackle (I prefer bleached grizzly)
Attach thread and tie on a microfibbett tail (6-8 Fibers) a little shorter than 1 hook length.
Tie in the post. I use Orange Antron Yarn, but pick a favorite color. Don’t forget black for those low-light days.
After figure-eighting the post I tie it upright. Make sure to bring your thread wraps high enough to wrap the hackle on—-this is critical.
Tie in the turkey biot, I use a pale olive, but match to your local color. I have seen and tied PMD’s the color of a Cheeto!
After wrapping the turkey biot forward to the edge of the post, tie on a bleached grizzly hackle. Notice I strip the hackle about the length of a hook gap. This allows you to start your first hackle wrap at the top of your thread wraps on the post.
Dub a small thorax around the post, leaving plenty of room to tie off hackle.
Wrap hackle on the post downwards, starting at the top, and tie off. One tiny drop of head cement, and then take a little time to trim post in a small semi-circle. (Or just whack it off straight like any other commercial-tied fly)