How to Tie: The Parachute Adams

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, McFly Angler gives us a great tutorial on how to tie the Parachute Adams.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Easy

The Parachute Adams is a dry fly that every fly fisher should recognize. The versatility of this fly is vast and offers tyers the ability to imitate several different adult insects on the water. By changing size, body color, and the tail, the Parachute Adams can take on many different identities such as mayflies, midges, and even caddis.

The beauty of the Parachute Adams is its simplicity that translates into phenomenal effectiveness. We should always remember that fly tyers are the ones that complicate the tying process. Many of the top-producing flies consist of few materials that imitate a wide variety of insects and can be modified on the vise with ease. The Parachute Adams can also be tied as an attractor style pattern by using more hi-vis dubbing for the body. Much like other attractor patterns, these colors do not need to be natural and adding purple dub has historically been extremely effective.

Anglers should always be prepared with multiple variations of this fly. In low water, using a size 14 to 16 Parachute Adams paired with a size 18 or smaller dropper is a great way to target finicky trout. Whether fishing small streams to larger tailwaters, the Parachute Adams simplicity and variability allows it to be one of the most effective patterns in dry fly boxes today.


Now you know how to tie the Parachute Adams. 

Video and ingredients courtesy of McFly Angler.

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