TNEAL, The parachute adams was one of the first flies I ever bought, but haven't tied one. It is maybe the most successful fly I fished last summer. I don't have any dry-fly chicken hackle currently.
Spence and Jonathon, Speaking of supporting talent, after looking around the webs for more Bob Wyatt stuff, I think I have to get his book. I really like his philosophy, although I don't have much personal experience to confirm it, it makes sense and seems like a good read. Hans Weilenmann tied some of his stuff on youtube as well and a bunch of other excellent patterns. I am sure most of you are aware of his great videos but if not, check them out. Also, the comparison of musicians to fly tiers, guides, authors, etc is a good one.
I tied up some variations of Wyatt's Deer-Hair emerger 2.0 tonight. I tested it out in a jar of water with no floatant too. I left one for around 45 min before checking it and it was still sitting nicely. It's a great looking pattern and fun to tie.
Below is a variation I have been doing tonight. I deviate from his recipe some, but it is pretty much the same idea (sorry for the low quality photos):
Hook- Emerger/Caddis style, size 16 shown
Wing- deer hair, tied in after the dubbing and thorax, clipped to give it a "shoulder". I believe this adds some extra buoyancy. (I only have Deer hair good for comparaduns, so I let it spin/fan out because it is difficult to fight that with this hair. I could probably use some elk hair too, but that may be a bit thick for a size 16)
Body- Hare's Mask, lighter blend with a majority of underfur. This pattern is interesting because the dubbing noodle is put on the thread while it is still around the thorax or wing area. You wrap the dubbing on towards the rear, then use the 'naked' thread as a ribbing on the way back up. A vary cool and simple technique for some added durability!
Thorax- Peacock herl (the original called for spiky hare's ear, but I am just having some fun)
Sorry for the long post
Best of luck to my fellow Michiganders and anyone else here ready to make their way out there this spring!