It will come to no surprise that one of the biggest selling dries is the parachute Adams, indeed one of my favourite flies is a Klinkhåmer tied in an Adams fashion. It's grey/brown colouration has proved itself to imitate acceptably a manner of food items, but invariably its staple use is to imitate various Ephemeroptera, notably the flies fishermen call olives.
|This fish fell to an Adams Klinkhåmer, it was feeding on ascending and hatching caddis.|
|Len Halladay's original Adams, tied with muskrat body.|
|Front view showing the semi-spent wings.|
|The Adams dry fly as we know it today.|
|Close up of the Adams showing the red game and grizzle hackle.|
|The parachute Adams, the best selling dry fly.|
|The medium grey dun wing provides a positive trigger for fish rising to duns.|
|Muskrat is an excellent body material for dry flies.|
I've mentioned about one of my favourite variations, the Adams klink. I have used this for a number of years as a general searching pattern that has also caught well during hatches of large dark olives.
|My Klinkhåmer Adams, if I was limited to one fly this would be it.|
What about an Adams paraloop emerger. It could be tied in many different styles from a standard style dry fly with a sparkle yarn tail, to a curved hook emerger with a dense hackle keeping it afloat.
|Adams paraloop emerger, the shuck is sparkle emerger yarn|
|Adams paraloop emerger on a grub hook, general all-round pattern.|
So they we are, one successful formula for a renowned pattern applied to other styles of flies. Imagine the possibilities every fly pattern offers, if tweaked a little; evolution is constant.