December Fly of the Month

Fly Of the MonthThe Adams Dry Fly

Instructor: Wayne Woodward

This fly is considered a general imitation of a an adult mayfly, flying caddis or midge. It was designed by Leonard Halliday from Mayfield, Michigan in 1922, at the request of his friend Charles Adams. The Adams has been considered one of the most popular, versatile, effective and best-selling dry flies since its creation.

Dry Fly Hook:           #10-20 (Black Magig F12 used tonight)

Wing:                         Grizzly hackle Wing Tips (opposed)

Body:                         Grey dubbing

Tail:                            Grizzly and Red Furnace hackle fibres combined

Hackle/s:                   Grizzly and Red Furnace Hackle to match hook size.

  1. Tie in the wings facing forward and wrap thread to hold wings upright. Use a figure 8 tie to separate wings. Make the wings equal in height to the length of the hook shank. Leave enough distance in front of the wings to fisish the fly.
  2. Wrap thread to tie in the tail fibres, ensuring they are equal to the hook length.
  3. Dub forward to create a carrot-shaped body stopping behind the wings leaving enough room to tie in the hackles.
  4. Tie in one grizzly hackle first, then two red furnace hackles, with dull sides facing you. Wind the red hackles 2-3 times behind the wings, then forward in front of the wings. Wrap a couple of turns in front of the wings and then tie off. Then wind the grizzly hackle forward in the same manner and tie off.
  5. Whip finish using the Matarellui whip finisher, or half hitch tool if you’ve been to Phil’s fly-tying class. Cement the thread head ensuring the eye of the hook is clear.

adams dry

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