New small stream flies, the Adams? Really?
It's true the Adams is one of those classic flies that most of us would never be without. The fact is that while I have fished the classic Catskill style Adams many times over the years, it really wasn't one of my "go to" flies. Last winter, I came across Fran Better's version of the parachute Adams and I decided to tie a few. The past year, this fly has convinced me to considering using it more often. In the winter months a size 16 or 18 will nicely serves for a stone fly pattern and then in the late summer la size 12 or 14 works well for the isonychias. In fact, there isn't a season that I've not caught fish on this variation.
With the ground hog tail, this version floats really well and it makes a nice dry for a dry dropper rig. The upright white parachute post makes the fly easy to see and track.
Tying parachutes can be a challenge but Rich Strolis has an excellent tutorial. If tying a parachute gives you fits, I suggest you watch it. I've found it very helpful.
Better's Adams parachute (#18)
Ground hog guard fibers (tail)
white poly parachute post
3 to 4 turns of brown and grizzly hackle