Fly tying videos are back! Parachute Adams

After a few weeks hiatus due to technical difficulties, we’re back in business with the fly tying videos.

You could fish an Adams Parachute 12 months a year in Oregon — passing for tiny BWOs in the winter to giant Gray Drakes on the Upper McKenzie in late summer. In this fly tying video, Barrett shows you how to tie this classic fly pattern for fishability and durability.

Parachute Adams

Parachute Adams materials available at
Hook: Sizes 8-18 TMC 100
Thread: 8/0 Black
Tail: Moose mane
Gray: Fine and dry dubbing
Hackle: Whiting dry fly hackle, one grizzly one brown
Post: White Antron fibers

For more on the history and significance of the Adams fly, read this great Paul Schullery article in MidCurrent:

The great thing about the Adams is that it can still pretty much be whatever we want it to be. Charles Adams himself thought it imitated an ant. Biologist-angler Sid Gordon, writing in 1955, spoke for generations of anglers before and since when he said that if you slanted the wings back a little you could “go any place in the country and have a common-place, staple imitation of the caddis in just this one pattern.” The Adam fills in for everything. At need, I’ve used it as a midge, a PMD, a Hendrickson, and a dozen other things I didn’t know what to call. We all recognize an Adams hatch when we see one.

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1 Response to Fly tying videos are back! Parachute Adams

  1. Mr machinist says:

    I omit the tail sometimes when fishing it as a small caddis.

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