|Parachute Adams tied by Darren Dunbar|
It is still unclear of who is the originator of the parachute element of the dry fly. It is also unclear when exactly the element was introduced. According to the English Fly Fishing Shop an "American called William Brush of Detroit applied for an American patent for the idea in 1931 and it was granted in 1934. The parachute, constructed of a post bearing wrapped hackle replaced the Adams's upright wings of barred narrow neck feather or hackle tip. For the post, traditionalists may adhere to white calf hair for the post, but in my opinion other modern materials such as polypropylene or foam float far better and are easier to work with. Additionally, various color schemes may be integrated to improve visibility of the floating fly.
|Parachute Adams - Yellow Post by Darren Dunbar|
The Parachute Adams is a fairly simple fly to tie, which does not require vast amounts of materials or labor. The make-up of the fly can be easily changed up without hindering the effectiveness of the fly. For example, many of the flies are tied with moose or deer hair for the tails rather than the traditional golden pheasant neck hackle fibers. Not to mention other dubbin colors contraire to traditional Adams grey can be used to match specific insects if warranted. Ultimately, the Parachute Adams is a versatile pattern that can be tied using a number of variants.
TIP: When attaching the hackle to the post, invert your fly so it is completely upside down; (sorry non-rotary tiers). wind up your thread with less than 3 inches showing; then take one loose wrap, with subsequent tighter wraps around your post and hackle. This method works well when using long hackle feathers and mitigates hackle feather waste.
|Upside Down Hackle - Post Method|