Parachute Adams: One of Paul’s top 5 faves

Good looks when in the vice’s jaws, good catching when on the business end of a line.

Paul Herington of our Wessex Branch swears the Parachute Adams can be counted on to trigger trout to strike. In this first of a series where we feature Paul’s top 5 favourite flies, our spotlight is on the Parachute Adams.

Tweaks improve on the original design

The original Adams recipe was born way back in the 1930s and was designed to imitate ‘olives’, which are up-wing flies related to mayflies. The Parachute variant came a few years later and has a horizontal parachute rather than the traditional hackle. It also has a vertical white polypropylene post. Its horizontal orientation is more attractive to fish while the post increases its visibility to the fisherman.

The Parachute design also floats ever so slightly deeper on the surface film than the original Adams. This is only by a millimetre or so, but it adds significantly to its visibility to the fish.

The Parachute is a dry fly, so Paul uses it when he’s out on rivers, where fish are more prone to rise to the surface to feed. He fishes mainly for brown trout during the season which lasts from April to October. On river waters there are bits of leaves and many small objects floating on the surface, making it difficult to see your fly. The Parachute’s vertical white post allows Paul to spot and track his fly’s progress among the debris as it drifts down with the current.

Provoking strikes for over 15 years

Paul learned to tie his fave fly at one of the Wessex Branch’s meetings, way back in 2007. He’s been using the variant now for almost two decades. And these days, he also teaches how to tie it at our Tuesday meetings.

The Parachute Adams holds a prominent place among Paul’s favourite flies at the Top Five. Follow us to find out more about his Top Five Faves, or join us on Tuesdays for a bit of fun and fly dressing. Drop us a line using our contact form for more details.