I fished the Purple Haze in Montana a few weeks ago, so I was excited to see that Tim Flagler had chosen it for his newest video. The pattern was invented in 2000 by Andy Carlson, who guides on the Bitterroot River, and it has become very popular as both a searching pattern and as an imitation for several mayfly hatches.
In this great video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler offers his method for creating this flashy but effective pattern. The key is in where you place the wing post, which is farther back than those of most parachute patterns.
Parachute Purple Haze
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (e.g. Dai-Riki #305), sizes 10-20.
Thread: Purple, 6/0 or 70 denier.
Tail: Speckled moose-body hair.
Wing post: White calf-body hair.
Glue #1: Fly Tyers Z-Ment.
Hackle: Brown and grizzly.
Glue #2: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails.