Parachute Adams

Created by Ed Schroeder


The traditional Adams dry fly is one of the most generic of all patterns. This parachute-style variation is preferred by many modern anglers because it presents a lower silhouette. 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 as a dry fly to use when there is no hatch.


A Female Parachute Adams is tied the same way, but with a small bit of yellow dubbing at the rear of the body to imitate a mayfly ready to lay eggs.

How to Fish

Dress with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations.

HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent; sizes 14-20


WING: White calftail, tied as a post

TAIL: Grizzly and brown hackle tips

RIB: Brown thread

BODY: Gray Superfine

HACKLE: Grizzly and brown hackle (one or two stems of each), wound around wingpost parachute-style