The Adams is easily one of the most recognizable dry flies ever conjured from a vice. Originally designed by Len Halladay of Michigan in 1922, the Adams is as effective on today's streams as it was 80 years ago. The Adams is a fantastic fly to match mayflies hatching on of your favorite trout waters.
The Adams is a traditional dry-fly pattern that can be tied in a wide range of sizes and fished in almost any water type -- from big, fast, turbulent flows to small, quiet pocket waters. Cast this fly gently towards quiet water and hang on tight. Trout seem to have a special affinity for this dry fly and can't resist gobbling it up.
Step-By-Step Tying Instructions
Place the hook in the vice and tighten securely.
Attach the thread to the hook shank and wrap to the point above the barb.
Select and align the tips of 7-10 furnace spade hackle fibers (hackle with long, stiff fibers found at the edges of the rooster neck). Tie these fibers to the hook shank at the point above the barb. They should be about 1-and-a-half times the length of the hook gap.
Select and align the tips of 7-10 grizzly spade hackle fibers. This time tie the fibers onto the top of the furnace fibers in the first step.
Select and align 2 grizzly hackle tips so that they flare away from one another when held back to back. The wings, when finished, should be approximately the length of the hook shank.
Tie these wings down to the hook extending over the hook eye at the 3/4 mark on the shank
Stand the wings upright and place several thread wraps in front of the base to keep them in place.
Advance the thread back to the rear end of the shank and pinch dub your thread very lightly with the super fine dubbing. Build a small tapered body up the hook shank, stopping just behind the wings.
Strip the bottom section from the furnace dry-fly hackle, leaving the stalk exposed, and tie this just behind the wings.
Repeat Step 9 with the grizzly hackle.
Advance the furnace hackle up the body of the fly, taking three turns of hackle behind the wings and two turns in front of the wings.
Advance the grizzly hackle up the body of the fly, this time taking two turns of hackle behind the wings and three turns in front.
Build a small head for the fly, whip finish the thread and cement.