04-11-2010, 10:30 AM
Re: Parachute Adams
i don't tie many Adams these days, but just in terms of dries generally and parachutes in particular here are some options to consider.
tails- - I think of parachutes as slow water flies, so I use hackle--
Spade Hackle - is tough to find on most capes and saddles these days, but these feathers have long stiff barbs. Although an Adams calls for mixed brown and grizzly, I'd use whatever color I had.
Coq de Leon- excellent stiff long barbs, I buy Whiting Bronze Coq de Leon Saddles for about 22 bucks. It's the same stuff as in Whiting's Tailing Packs for 16.00 but you get a lot more. The color I use the most is "Medium Pardo" which is a medium gray speckled feather with a gold/silver metallic sheen.
Antron shuck- not a usual tail for an Adams, but worth a try.
Micro fibbettes- for split tails
Moose Body Hair is thick and dark, and generally better suited to large fast water dries like Wulffs. You can also find "bleached moose body hair" which is usually a medium rusty brown (rather than the creamy shades of bleached elk)
Elk Mane- thinner than moose body hair, better for smaller dries.
Woodchuck tail guard hairs- tough to find, but these are thin and stiff and make good tails on dries ( much thinner than moose for example). They're used in the original recipe of Fran Better's Ausable Wulff.
Kip (Calf) Tail- this can be tough to use because it tends to be very curly. Easiest to use on large flies.
Calf Body Hair- much easier to work with than kip tail, good for sizes 12 and 14
Turkey Flats and Turkey T-Base Feathers- excellent choice for flies 16 and smaller.
Poly- also easy to use, can be tied in long and trimmed to size.
Hope this helps.