Created by Leonard Halladay


A classic fly pattern, the Adams suggests many different adult aquatic insects without specifically imitating any of them. While it is seldom the "right" fly, it is rarely the "wrong" fly. You should always carry a bunch of Adams or Parachute Adams in sizes 12-20 (but mostly 14-18) for unknown or unusual hatches or to use as a dry fly when there is no hatch.


A Female Adams has a bit of yellow dubbing at the rear of the body to imitate a mayfly ready to lay eggs.

A Parachute Adams is tied with a white calftail post for a wing, then the brown and grizzly hackle is wrapped parachute-style around the post.

How to Fish

Dress the fly with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations.

HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent. Sizes 12-20


WING: Grizzly hen hackle tips

TAIL: Grizzly, grizzly and brown hackle, or moose hair

BODY: Gray Haretron or muskrat

HACKLE: Grizzly and brown hackle, wrapped together