Monday, February 24, 2014

Parachute Adams

Parachute Adams tied by Darren Dunbar
The Parachute Adams is essentially an evolved version of the original Adams dry fly originated by the late Leonard Halladay of Mayfield, Michigan in 1922. Halladay named the fly after an Ohio attorney who happened to be fishing a pond near Halladay's home. I am quite confident that virtually any fly tier or fly fisherman in the world would agree that the Adams / Parachute Adams is quintessentially one of the most popular flies in our history.

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


Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Copper John

According to John Barr, the creator of the infamous Copper John,  the fly "went through several design changes over a period of about three years beginning in 1993". The first Copper John patterns were rather simple; the body was constructed of a uniform wrapping of copper wire; the thorax was made-up of peacock herl; the legs were imitated with the use of Hungarian partridge; and the wing case ingredient was turkey quill. However, as time progressed, Barr changed up some of the materials and added new variations to the Copper John such as Think Skin and flash material for the wing case coated with epoxy, a tail of goose biot and some lead wire for weight - all with the intention of increasing the effectiveness of the pattern.

Important Tip: Defer the epoxy element of the tying process until you have completed all your flies. This is largely due to the fast curing of the epoxy. You will probaby be able to coat about 5-7 flies before your epoxy begins to harden.

My version of the modern day Copper John differs slightly with the integration of a 3XL long curved shank hook with stonefly nymphs in mind. Hope you like the tie ~ D2

Modern Day Copper John tied by Darren Dunbar

Top View

Red Copper John tied by Darren Dunbar


Monday, February 3, 2014

Flies for Sale - New Store Online

You will now be able to purchase flies featured on my blog via the following link : I encourage you to check out the store and compare prices with the major suppliers. All flies tied in Oregon, U.S.A.

Regards ~ D2

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