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Fly Tying - Parachute Adams

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Fly Tying - Parachute Adams

An Dinh

The Parachute Adams is a classic fly that I've come to depend on.

My last eye check didn't go so well.  I've reached a point where if they correct my vision for distance so I can see my fly on the water, then I can't see up close (a fly in the hand).  Which means that I have to lift my glasses up to tie flies to my tippet.

The stronger prescription gave me headaches and vertigo and I don't like having to take my glasses on and off.  So I fish with a weaker prescription and more visible flies.

That's where the Parachute Adams comes in.  When I first started fly fishing I loved to scan the fly bins and pick out flies that "looked good".  This meant I had a box full of catskill style flies with bushy hackles and hackle tip wings.  The flies were big too, size 10 and 12s because 14s looked really tiny to me when I started.   I actually had a pretty hard time finding these big flies on the water despite their gigantic proportions.  Fish rarely fell for these guys on the Middle Provo.

I had many fly shops recommend the parachute adams and it's variants but I didn't understand what made this fly work better than say a realistic dry fly (which often don't work well at all on our local waters).

Vincent Marinaro, in his book A Modern Dry Fly Code, breaks down fly design based on function rather than imitation.  The Parachute patterns are tied to give a dimpling pattern on the water that would give the impression of legs.  And the post would come into the trout's window of view early just like a mayfly's upright wings.  It rides with the body in the film like an emerging insect.

All of this may be true because the fly catches fish well and floats a dropper nicely.

Best of all.  I CAN SEE IT!