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Parachute Adams
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Pattern Description
The Parachute Adams is without a doubt, one of today's most popular patterns. The high visibity wing coupled with the lower floating parachute hackle team up to provide a solid fish-catching silhouette with angler appeal. The PA can imitate any type of mayfly, even though it is too dark for some and too light for others. It also works as a caddis when skittered, a spinner pattern and a general attractor. This fly is versatile! The tying sequence here also shows my method for tying in and wrapping a parachute wing and hackle. It is a bit different from most others and, I think, a vast improvement. Pay close attention to both the directions and the photos to get the full effect.
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Hook: TMC 100SPBL #12-22 Thread: Iron Grey 8/0 Tail: Brown and Grizzly Spade Hackle Fibers Wing: White Float Viz Hackle: Brown and Grizzly Rooster Neck Body: Gray Beaver or Muskrat Dubbing
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Begin by selecting one brown and one grizzly spade hackles from the sides of the neck.
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Prepare the spades by stripping the bases and preening the fibers so they stick straight out the sides of the quill. This will make the fibers easier to handle in preparation for tailing.
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Attach the thread to the hook at the midpoint and wrap back to the bend forming a smooth thread base.
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Peel about eight or ten fibers from the first spade hackle (it doesn't matter which one) and measure them against the shank so they are one shank length long.
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Tie in the first bunch of tailing fibers at the bend of the hook with ONE wrap of thread.
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Peel eight or ten more fibers from the second spade hackle and lay these atop the first bunch and match the length.
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Grasp the tip ends of both bunches of tailing fibers and UNWRAP the turn of thread holding the first bunch down. You now have a mixed bunch of brown and grizzly hackle fibers in your fingertips.
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Tie the entire clump in as one at the bend and wrap forward over the butt ends to the midpoint on the shank. Trim off the butt ends of the tailing fibers at this point.
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Move the thread forward to the hook eye and back again to the seventy-five percent point forming a smooth thread base for the wing to follow.
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Pull a clump of Float Viz from the package that is, when coiled into a cord, about the same diameter as the hook shank. This is just a rule of thumb and the amount can be both a fair amount more or less than this quantity depending on the effect desired.
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Tie the Float Viz in at its midpoint at the 75% point on the shank with two or three tight turns of thread.
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Pull the end that is pointing toward the tail out to the far side of the hook while simultaneously pulling the piece that is out over the hook eye to the near side. This will make the tie down wraps twist diagonally.
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Bring the thread to the front of the wing and make two or three more diagonal turns from the front of the near wing to the back of the far wing.
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Pull both wings above the hook forming one single wing.
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Begin to post the wing by wrapping the thread clockwise around the base of the wing. Build a thread post at the bottom of the wing that is about one to one and a half eye lengths tall.
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Bring the thread to the front of the wing and make a single turn all the way around the shank to anchor the posting wraps.
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Select one brown and one grizzly feather with matching barb lengths (one and a half gap widths) and stack them one on top of the other, inside to outside. Prepare their bases by stripping a few fibers from the quill exposing the stem for a length of about three or four eye lengths. Tie these feathers in at the same time (with the insides of the feathers toward the hook shank) in front of the wing and wrap back over the quills to the base of the wing.
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Pull the feathers to prop them up against the front edge of the wing.
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Tie the feathers to the base of the wing by posting the thread both around the wing base and the stripped feather stems. Wrap over the stems all the way to the top of the thread post and back down again to the base of the post.
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Make a single turn of thread around the hook shank to anchor these wraps as well.
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Move the thread to the midpoint on the hook and apply a thin layer of dubbing to it.
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Start wrapping the dubbing with the first turn at the base of the tail/bend of the hook and work forward forming a pronounced taper to the back of the wing.
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Cross the dubbing to the front of the wing and continue the body with the dubbing tapering back down at the back of the index point. I find this is much easier to do with a very thin layer of dubbing on the thread versus trying to taper the dubbing on the thread itself.
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Grasp the tips of the hackle feathers in a pair of Tiemco Rotating Hackle Pliers and begin wrapping the feathers at the top of the thread post. You want the inside of the feathers facing UP at this point, that is, the cupped side should be toward the ceiling.
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Make the first turn of hackle at the top of the post with each successive turn under the last, working down to the base of the post.
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Continue wrapping the feather down the post. Keep in mind you have two feathers here so you dont need very many turns. Three or four seems about right for a number 16 fly.
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Once at the base of the wing, pull the hackle feathers down on the far side of the hook.
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Grasp the wrapped portion of the hackles with your thumb and index finger and pull them back slightly from the hook eye. Pull the tips forward again so they point out over the hook eye and remove the hackle pliers. Do NOT let go of the wrapped hackles in your right hand until you have tied them off in the next step.
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While holding the wrapped hackle out of the way with your right hand, tie off the hackle tips immediately behind the hook eye with your left.
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Trim the tips of the hackle feathers flush against the hook shank.
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Grasp the wrapped fibers again and hold them out of the way while you tie a whip finish in the index point.
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It helps to pull the loop from the whip finish up from the bottom rather than down from the top to prevent tying down any stray hackle fibers. Clip the thread.
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Measure the wing with an identical hook and cut it so it is one shank length long.
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Apply a small drop of head cement at the base of the wing and another on the thread head and you're done!
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Ta-Daaa!
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