Parachute Adams |
By Jason Akl
The Parachute Adams is a legendary fish catcher that no serious fly angler should ever be without. There are a great many attributes to the Parachute Adams but most of its legendary status is due to its unique ability to imitate the numerous members of the mayfly and caddis families. If no hatches are present on the water the Parachute Adams can be equally successful as a searching pattern.
The Parachute Adams can be productive wherever you decide to drift it. Slow or slack water presentation is one of the Adams’ specialties. The unique parachute post design allows the fly to ride lower in the surface film creating a realistic silhouette to on-looking trout. In these slow water conditions trout have an extended time to examine flies drifted overhead so using flies that more closely resemble the natural insects, like the Parachute Adams, gives you the best chance to consistently catch fish. For the faster runs or riffles the horizontal hackle will allow the fly to not only ride lower but have better floatability keeping it high and dry longer than most other standard dries.
To fish the Parachute Adams, simply employ the same tactics you would for any other standard dry fly. Find a turbulent run or sunken structure and cast across and upstream of this target. Gently allow the fly to drop to the waters surface and proceed to drift downstream. On the drift downstream towards your target or for the duration of the run mend the fly line so that the fly achieves a drag free drift for as long as possible. A good idea is to swing the fly back towards a position behind at the end of the drift just to give any slow trailing fish a last chance to bite.
Fly anglers the world over have tested this fly and time and time again come to one conclusion, the Parachute Adams simply catches fish.