Adams Fly Tying

Although now over eighty years old, the Adams is still a very modern looking fly. The combination of grizzle and brown hackles with a medium-gray body has produced a great general dry fly pattern that catches fish around the world in a wide range of water types. This makes the Adams one of the most popular trout flies in use today. This pattern uses hackle point wings along with two hackles wound together. Hackle point wings have the advantage that they are quick and easy to tie, and they don't rely on having to match up two slips of fragile feather.

Wing:

Grizzle hackle points

Thread:

Black

Hackle:

Brown and grizzle cock hackles wound together

Gray muskrat or rabbit

Grizzle Fibers

Wing:

Grizzle hackle points

Thread:

Black

Hackle:

Brown and grizzle cock hackles wound together

Hook:

Size 10-20

Tail:

Brown and grizzle hackle fibers

Hook:

Size 10-20

Gray muskrat or rabbit

Tail:

Brown and grizzle hackle fibers

IWith the hook fixed in the vise, run the tying thread a short distance down the shank. Select two grizzle hackle points and remove the base fibers so the tips are the same length as the hook.

3 Part the hackle points, using the tip of a needle if necessary. Pull the bare stems through the gap and secure with thread along the shank. This ensures the tips remain apart.

5 Offer a pinch of gray muskrat or rabbit underfur up to the thread. Dub it on to form a slim rope and wind up to the base of the wings to form the body.

2 Place the hackles together so that the tips are level. Catch the hackle in place by the bare sections of stem, a short distance from the eye.

4 Remove any excess hackle stem, then run the tying thread down the shank. Take a few fibers of brown and grizzle hackle and catch them in place.

6 Take two cock hackles, one brown, one grizzle, with fibers of equal length. Prepare them, leaving a short length of bare stem, and catch in behind the wing. Wind on four turns up to the eye. Secure with thread and remove the excess.

Brown trout

Cutthroat

Cutthroat

Grayling

Rainbow trout

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  • daphne
    What is a hackle point?
    8 years ago

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