Parachute Adams Fly

Parachute Adams

Popular dry fly, imitates mayflies, parachute-style hackle, great during hatches/searching.

How it's tied

The Parachute Adams is tied on a standard dry fly hook, using materials that create a lifelike profile and maintain buoyancy on the water's surface. The body is typically formed using gray or olive dubbing, thread, or floss, wrapped around the hook shank to achieve a slender, tapered shape. The tail is crafted from a few strands of hackle fibers or microfibbets, providing a natural appearance and movement.

The distinguishing feature of the Parachute Adams is its "parachute" style hackle, which is wrapped horizontally around a wing post made of calf tail, Antron yarn, or synthetic materials like polypropylene or Z-lon. The hackle is wound around the wing post in tight, even turns, creating a horizontal "parachute" that helps the fly maintain a stable, upright position on the water.

The wing post is often white or a highly visible color, ensuring the angler can easily spot the fly on the water's surface. The hackle fibers should be sparse, with their tips extending just beyond the hook point to provide a natural, low-riding profile.

What it mimics

The Parachute Adams is designed to imitate a variety of mayflies, which are common and essential food sources for trout and other fish species. Its natural profile, carefully crafted parachute hackle, and low-riding appearance make it a great pattern for targeting fish feeding on mayflies, particularly during hatches.

Where it's used

The Parachute Adams can be used in all freshwater types, wherever you find mayflies. It is especially effective when targeting trout and other fish species that feed on these insects.

Also see: Adams Fly.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Parachute Adams

Brown Trout


Rainbow Trout

Mayflies (Latin: Ephemeroptera)

The Parachute Adams mimics one or more species from the insect order Mayflies

Latin: Ephemeroptera

Mayflies are aquatic insects known for their short adult lives, ephemeral presence, and importance to aquatic ecosystems.

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