Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Fly A Day - Day 1

For those interested, to kill time until the season opens, i am going to post a fly pattern each day, for the next 10 days until fishing season is officially here. Today is day one, and the first dry fly, the Adams.

The Adams was first tied in 1922 by Len Halliday, tied for a fellow angler named Charles Adams. Many think it was first tied to be a downwing Caddis imitation, but it has evolved into one of the best trout dry flies ever. The reason is versatility. The Adams can be fished in various sizes in almost any mayfly hatch. It is known as an attractor pattern because it doesn't imitate any one fly, but i have caught fish in Nova Scotia in all different weather and fly hatches. It is not always as successful as the actual imitation of the hatch, but as an all purpose dry fly to have in your fly box, this is must have.

My first trout on an Adams was more than 15 years ago in a small holding pool known to many of us as the "Trout Pond". I ran out of black quills and went to this as it was the only fly in good shape left in the box. I have used them ever since. Best in sizes 12, 14 and 16. Size 14 seems to work best in most cases.


Hook:Standard Dry Fly, 12, 14, or 16
Thread:Black 8/0
Wing:Grizzly hen hackle tips
Tail:Hackle fibers-grizzly/brown
Abdomen:Grey dubbing (man made or Muskrat)
Hackle:Grizzly and Brown

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