The Adam’s gray body with combined grizzle and brown hackle have made this a staple dry fly for over 90 years. While no one is certain whether trout view it as a mayfly, caddis, or just a good meal, no matter it just works!
OK so what gives here, aren’t attractors supposed to be bright and flashy? Well most of the time yes, but in this case, it’s a general searching mayfly pattern. So we’d call this a realistic attractor pattern.
It just works. Most often used in parachute, but also super effective in traditional form, the generally gray body with combined grizzly and brown hackle have made this staple fly since it’s invention over 90 years ago.
The jury is actually still out as to whether trout view it as a mayfly, caddis, or just a good meal of something. But it doesn’t matter, it catches fish. Carry in sizes 10-18, and be sure to try the smaller sizes as much as the larger.
How To Tie A Parachute Adams
Among the best quality fly tyers there is, we like this demonstration by Jim Misiura: