Fly of the Week: Parachute Adams

Parachute Adams

This is an iconic fly that can mimic so many different aquatic insects.  The advent of the style of the Parachute Adams most likely started with this fly.  If you are in the midst of a pmd, blue winged olive, mahogany, trico hatch and find yourself not having one of those specific flies to match the hatch, this fly in the right size, will substitute just fine.  The profile and size of the fly is typically what will fool the fish and this old standby will throw a silhouette of an adult mayfly just about perfectly.  Most seasoned fly fishermen always have these in their boxes.

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Tyler Balich grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where, naturally, he learned to hunt and fish. He moved to north Idaho 23 years ago and now manages North 40 Fly Shop in Coeur d’Alene. When not wandering the mountains for elk, or wading rivers for cutthroat trout, or floating down Montana’s Clark Fork River, he spends time with his wife and children.

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