Parachute Madam X (PMX)
The original Parachute Madam X fly pattern is a versatile hopper fly that was designed and popularized by Doug Swisher in the early 1980’s in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley.
The PMX is the Parachute version of the traditional Madam X. It is a fantastic attracter dry fly that floats higher and is easier to see. It is a perfect fly to use with a dropper fly. Although it was developed as an attractor pattern, it is also a great hopper and stonefly dry fly imitation. It is a highly visible and highly productive dry fly for trout all around the world.
The Parachute Madam X is tied with a parachute post, which gives the fly increased visibility on the water and helps it float higher. The body of the fly is typically made of yellow or tan foam, which adds buoyancy and imitates the shape of a terrestrial insect. The wing is made of deer hair, which gives the fly a realistic appearance in the water.
This fly is typically fished as a dry fly, which means it is fished on the surface of the water to imitate a floating or hovering insect. The Parachute Madam X is particularly effective in slower-moving or still water, where trout are often feeding on insects on the surface.
Overall, the Parachute Madam X is a reliable and effective fly pattern that should be in every fly angler’s fly box. Its buoyancy, visibility, and realistic appearance make it a go-to pattern for many anglers, and it can imitate a variety of terrestrial insects that trout feed on, such as grasshoppers or crickets.
The PMX can be tied in many different colors, with Yellow, Red, Olive and Orange being the most popular and typically tied in hook sizes 6 to size 14.
Usually available in the following colors: Olive | Orange | Peacock | Red | Royal | Yellow and in the following hook sizes: 6 | 8 | 10 | 12 | 14