Adams Parachute

A variation  of the popular dry fly which uses both brown and grizzly dry fly hackle. This example uses a parachute style hackle with a high visibility post. The example is tied using a yellow yarn, orange is another popular choice.

  • Dry Fly
  • Mayfly
  • Normal
  • Trout
  • Submitted By: Fly Tying Guide
Place the hook in the vise and secure the thread behind the eye. Position the thread about a hook eye length back.
Catch in the yarn post, snip off at an angle and cover the butt ends.
Pull the yarn back and build up a dam of thread in front to stand it up.
Take wrap of thread along the base of the yarn to build up a post about a hook eye or slightly more in height.
Align the tips of the fibers from a brown and grizzly feathers and pull off a small bunch. Measure the tail so that it is a hook gap in length or slightly more and secure on top of the hook shank. Cover the butt ends and start to form a slightly tapered body.
Prepare and catch in two dry fly hackles at the base of the post.
Secure the hackle quills along the post so that they stand up with the yarn, trim and cover the butt ends.
Form a dubbing rope and then create a slightly tapered body that ends just in front of the post, leaving enough room to form a small head.
Wrap and tie off the first hackle by taking turns down the post. Catch in behind the eye and remove any excess.
Wrap and tie off the second hackle by taking turns through the first hackle wraps, jiggling the feather up and down while wrapping will help prevent trapped fibers. Catch in behind the eye and remove any excess.
Using your off hand, stroke all the hackle back towards the rear to gain access to the hook eye. Form a small head with thread, whip finish and apply head cement. Trim the post to be about a hook gap in length, or as desired.
Top view of the finished fly.
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