Fitty Cent

...or fiddy cent (depending on your dialect) will get you one of these.

Saw this in an Orvis tweet last night, not sure why, but I want some of these parasol pheasant tails in size 18.  Can't justify the $6 S&H charge though, makes the "sale" price vanish.  I'm sure I can either find something locally or try tying myself.  Think it would make for an excellent tenkara fly though, well suited to the riffles I love to fish.


  1. treat it like the bens and the fly shop. If the ben is almost empty, say two or tree left, It might be a good idea to grab those last two, right?... Now if there are so many they can sell them on the web for 75% off... what that tells me is overstock of emerging nymphs being attacked by smokejumper ants.

  2. That looks like a cool little fly to have on hand but $6 s&h!!!!! What the heck is that all about? I would buy the fly for $6 if the s&h was 50 cents....maybe $2..Tie it yourself! I'll start working on it and let you know what I come up with! (I only charge 5.99 s&h)

  3. Looks to me like a nymph with it's own indicator attached. that's a joke, OK?


  4. Who knows this could be the fly that will revolutionize the fly fishing industry.

  5. Actually, the parasol patterns and their sister patterns the dandelions have been around for a few years now. The parasol you show in your photo by Orvis is a very poorly tied version and in all reality you can fish almost any nymph or midge pattern in this style by simply using a uni knot or slip knot in the tippet about two to three inches up the tippet from the fly, slipping a couple of strands of buoyant yarn through the loop and tightening. Trim and fluff the yarn and then add floatant. It beats the shipping and handling angle! These patterns are intended for very delicate presentations of midge or light weight emergers right below the surface film and are a decent alternative for an angler that doesn't fully understand the intricacies or practices the greased leader presentation. Not a great riffle fly, but decent on the flats or pools if the fish aren't too selective.

  6. Ralph - Thanks for the detailed response (& welcome to the blog).

    I've never been one to fish an indicator (other than the occasional indicator dry fly), thought this was an interesting workaround. I like your solution much better. Thanks again!


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