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TNEALFebruary 13th, 2016, 8:06 am
GRAYLING. MICHIGAN

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Anyone know where parachute flies originated?
TaxonFebruary 13th, 2016, 10:04 am
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Plano, TX

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Hi Tim,

Parachute style dry flies were originated by William Avery Brush of Detroit circa 1930. See http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/oldflies/oldflies20090622.php.
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
TNEALFebruary 13th, 2016, 1:07 pm
GRAYLING. MICHIGAN

Posts: 275
Roger...

Thanks. My friend and keeper of the flame for AuSable (MI) original patterns always told me they were originally called gyros. Appears as though he was right. Michigan has become, over the years, a big producer of parachute flies. Earl Madsen's "Hatching Caddis", a giant parachute tied to ape an emerging Hexagenia (they were erroneously referred to as caddis back in the day) was perhaps the first parachute from this area. It was the forerunner of Clarece Roberts well know Roberts Drake.Earl's fly dates to the late 30's I believe.
KateSAugust 24th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Posts: 1My great grandfather is William Avery Brush. I'm actually holding his patent for this from 1934 in my hand. Just ran into it while cleaning out some of my parents things. Knew of course about the Brush Runabout and his auto ventures but wasn't aware of this area of endeavors.

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