Fishing Fly tying

Fly tying: Size 22 Parachute Adams

Small flies intimidate me. I’ve essentially relegated the tying of all flies smaller than size 18 in my fly box to the experts.

But I might have to take the plunge after watching Tim Flager tie a size 22 Parachute Adams below.

The Adams and its many variants might be the most versatile fly every crafted—I’ve threatened for years to spend an entire summer fishing nothing but an Adams, and then writing a book about it, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe Tim’s video above will, first, inspire me to tie smaller versions that make for great midge patterns, particularly in the winter, and second, follow through on that threat and have an Adams summer.

Either way, the method Tim uses above to craft a small, yet handsome, fly makes for some good viewing. Pay special attention to how he crafts the posts using UV resin. It’s good stuff for tight work on small flies.

— Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt.