Forecasters were true to form with the weather today, gale force winds have confined me to barracks! Not such a bad thing I suppose, as flies desperately need tying for a trip to Poland next week. This olive paradun is arguably one of my favourite patterns when upwinged flies put in an appearance. Low riding and buoyant, it suits both fast and slow water situations. Although the parachute hackling technique is a little tricky at first, any effort is well worth it , as the finished article is quite stunning. What's more, it's absolute muster when grayling are "knocking off" newly emerged duns.