Parachute Adams fly invented in 1922 has continued to be the best dry fly to date. This dry fly was designed with features that are an imitation of an adult Mayfly or midge and other species belonging to caddis families. This formation attracts trout towards the fly leading to a successful fishing expedition. Hidden in the furry body of this legendary fly is a sharp hook that traps the trout. This fly is best used when hatches are available on the water and for searching patterns. Adams fly comes with a sturdy fishing rod that allows use of the fly in the rivers, pools and lakes as well.
Parachute Adams tying materials
- Hackle: It is advisable to have dry fly hackles that are a right match for the size of the hook. Grizzly hackle fibers and brown hen hackle are strongly recommended.
- Body: This is the main part of the fly also known as the abdomen. Super fine dubbing material is required to develop the body. The dubbing material should be gray or brown to match the color of the tying thread.
- Hook: Dry fly hook is an essential material as it plays the major role of catching the trout. A Tiemco 100 hook is ideal. A standard dry fly hook is usually between sizes 10-24.
- Wing: Grizzly hackle tips are used to develop this part. However, white, pink or black Mcflylon or white poly yarn ¼ strand materials can also be used.
- Tail: Grizzly hackle fibers, hens hackle tips or Mayfly tailing fibers should be utilized to develop the tail. Fibers that are brown in color are highly recommended to match with the body and the tying thread.
- Tying thread: The tying thread is essential as it holds all the fly parts in place to make one piece. A waxed flat nylon thread is an ideal material. Alternatively, Olive, Danville Flymaster size 6/0, uni thread size 8/0 or 70 Denier thread can be used. A gray or brown thread is highly recommended for an Adam fly.
- Thorax: It is derived from superfine dubbing materials.
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Tying step by step
Parachute Adams fly tying process is simple provided all the required materials as discussed above are ready. In order to make your complete Adam dry fly, here are essential guidelines to help you through;
Step 1. The process of assembling an Adams dry fly revolves around the hook since all the parts are tied on it. Therefore, fix the hook in the vice and run the nylon thread around it from the middle up to the bend of the hook. The thread acts as a wrap for the hook.
Step 2. Create the tail using brown hackles. In this case, pick about 5-6 barbules of Grizzly hackle fibers, hens hackle tips or Mayfly tailing fibers depending on the type of the hackles you have decided to use. Ensure that the size of the hackles is equivalent to that of the length of the body. Place the tip of the hackle fibers slightly after the midpoint of the hook already wrapped with the thread. Then, holding the bunch of hackles together, run the thread around the hook tightly while moving the thread towards the bend of the hook. This leaves the far end of the hackle fibers flaring beyond the length of the hook hence creating a tail.
Step 3. Develop the body or abdomen of the dry fly. Here, pick the super fine dubbing material and place it on the area around the midpoint of the hook. Remember to use little dubbing material in order to create a thinly tampered abdomen. Use the thread to tie the dubbing material tightly around the hook. Note that the color of the thread should be either brown or gray to match that of the dubbing material.
Step 4. Developing the wing of the parachute dry fly is an important step. The abdomen you have just created in the previous step becomes the base for the wings. Therefore, get the poly yarn or the grizzly hackle tips and place them on the abdomen created in the middle of the hook, with the tips starting just next to the hook eye. In order to keep them in the right position, hold them up with the fingers of either of the hand depending whether you are left or right handed. Pick the tying thread and run it around such that the hackles are tightly wrapped. Ensure that you make about 7-9 wraps depending on the size of the hackles used for best results. Once they are tightly tied-in, eliminate excess fiber tips that may be extending towards the eye of the hook by carefully trimming them off.
Step 5. Create the thorax that acts as a great base for the hackles. To do this, select few superfine dubbing material and tie-in using the thread. The dubbing material covers the bottom of the parachute while tapering down next to the hook’s eye. It is important to ensure that the thorax is finely finished to avoid bulkiness.
Step 6. This step involves tying in the final hackle on the parachute. In this case, grizzly hackles which are brown in color are used. For best results, ensure that the hackle is about 1.5 times longer than the length of the hook. Now, position the hackles one on top of the other and tie them in making sure that the barbs are facing up. Wrap them using top to bottom movement tying them down in front of the thorax. Making use of hackle pliers is highly recommended. Make wraps that are widely spaced behind the eye of the hook while making several tight and close wraps to make a head.
Step 7. To complete the parachute Adams fly tying process, tie the fly with a whip finish. In order to make the wraps firm, apply varnish or glue.
Patterns and variations available
Apart from the traditional Adam dry fly with the hackles tied in a parachute style, there are other variations available today that are equally good. They include;
- Spent wings pattern
- Hair wings pattern
- Down wings pattern
Adam dry flies are available in the local outlets and online market. In the Amazon and eBay the cost of Adam fly is determined by the size, quantity (they are commonly sold in a pack of two flies, half a dozen and a dozen) and the presence of instructions or not. Generally, the price ranges from $2 and $19 in the online market.
Fly fishing with a Parachute Adams dry fly
Parachute Adams dry fly is one of the best versatile flies that are used in both lake and rivers. Here are viable instructions of fishing Adams fly;
Adams fly is designed to imitate caddis families. To achieve a successful fishing expedition, skitter the fly through the water.
This dry fly is ideal for searching expedition especially during very cold hot weather. In this case, let the parachute fly to soak slowly into the water and then sink it deep into the water. Pull the rod slowly to make the fly to pass slightly above the vegetation. This creates an impression of a Mayfly passing across the water hence attracting the fish.
Dusk fishing is a method that works well with this Mayfly imitation dry fly. Mayflies are present in large numbers in the water bodies at dusk. Therefore, dusk fishing is a good timing for a great catch as the fish instantly hunt for the Mayflies at dusk. At dusk, making the Parachute Adams fly to sink just beneath the surface of the water and then allowing it to fly across the water works well.