Adams Dry Fly – Most popular dry fly ever created! – McFly Angler Fly Tying Tutorials


Start by placing a dry fly hook in your vice. Now I am using a firehole sticks #419
However any normal shank, up to 2x long shank hook will do like these two Daichi hook styles. Start your thread with about a hook eye length
or two down the hook shank. And bring your thread all the way back to
the start of the bend of the hook. Now we will need some feathers from a rooster
cape like this #3 mets. You need both a brown, and a grizzly. We are looking for the larger feathers, down
at the bottom of the cape like so. However this cape seems to have a lot of black
mixed in. Thats ok, just try to search for one without
as much black. This one will work. Now strip off all the fuzzy fibers, as we
need the stiffer barbs here. You can see there is quite a bit of brown
there at the tip, so this will work. Do the same thing with a grizzly and then
place them together and align the tips as best as you can. Pluck off a good amount of these feathers,
about 10-15 should be good. Clip off the squirrlies at the base. Now we need to measure these out to about
a hook shank length. Transfer that measurement to your other hand,
and tie them in with two loose wraps. Check the length, and if for some reason they
are a little too long like I have here, adjust by pulling them to the right length. Not necessary, but I also like putting one
wrap under the fibers to hold them out straight. Then make a few tight wraps to lock them into
place. Now clip off the ends, about 2/3’s the way
up the hook shank. Then clean up that section with a few wraps. Go back down and back up again to really make
this area smooth. End with your thread about at the spot you
started your thread. Now we will need a grizzly hen neck like this
mets neck. The reason why we are using hen here, is the
tips of hen are much more rounded than come from a rooster neck. Find the right size feather and pluck off
two. To get the right size depends on your hook
size. I find plucking from the center of this cape
is perfect for a size 16 Adams. Align the tips together, but with the curve
of the feather angling away from each other like so. Then pinch the tip of the feather and pull
all of the rest of the fibers downward and out of the way. This will make two wings thats splay outward
like so. Make sure the wings are the same length as
your hook shank, and if they are not, re-do the previous step. Once they are the correct size, tie them in
right where you left off your thread last You want them angling forward, and with each
feather on either side of the hook. Try your best to keep them from spinning. Then trim off the waste area, and snip off
any arrant or missed feather fibers. Once your happy with it, then pull the wings
upward, and make a few wraps in front of them forming a sorta thread dam to hold the wings
straight up. You might need to separate them a bit, and
then place a wrap in between the feathers going across one way, and then across the
other. This will help to keep them splayed outward. After adjusting to the correct position, bring
your thread all the way back to the start of the tail. Originally the bodies of these were dubbed
with a natural fur, I think from muskrat. But modern times, fine synthetic dubbing like
this UV2 fine and dry in Adams Gray color works great! You really do not need a lot of this, just
a small pinch like so. Make a very fine, and smooth noodle on your
thread, forming a bit of taper as well. Then make touching wraps with your noodle
up the hook shank, trying to create a very even taper up the hook until you reach just
shy of the wing. If you need to add more dubbing than do so. If you have any arrant fibers you missed,
you should trim them off before the next step. Now with that brown rooster neck, select a
hackle from it that is the right size for your hook. Having a hackle gage like this one can help
to find the right size. As you can see the brown was a size 16. You also want a grizzly in the same size as
well. To prepare these feathers, have the shiny
side of the feather facing you and strip off the bottom fibers that might be off color
or too long on both sides but with a few extra stripped off on the right side. Snip off any remaining stem to leave just
a small tie in spot. Place that feather on the side of your fly,
with the side thats more stripped angling up. Then tie that in with a few wraps behind the
wing, and a few in front of the wing. Clip off any excess stem close enough so it
won’t hang over the eye, and then bring your thread back to behind the wings. Do the exact same thing with the grizzly hackle
but leave your thread forward, just shy of the hook eye. Grab the grizzly hackle with some hackle pliers,
and proceed to hackle your fly. 2-3 wraps behind the feather, and 2-3 in front
are plenty. It is much easier if you move the wings out
of the way on each turn of the hackle. When you have enough turns with the hackle,
then hold the hackle out at about 60 degrees and capture it with your thread. It helps to wiggle your thread through the
hackles a bit to help keep from trapping as many of the fibers. Make two wraps to capture the hackle, then
remove the hackle pliers and stroke all fibers rearward. You will always have a few of those hackle
fibers that don’t want to cooperate but just keep stroking until they lay rearward,
and they will. once they lay rearward, then make a few wraps
over them to keep them angling back away from the eye. And then trim off the extra hackle feather. Now do the same thing with your brown hackle,
up through the grizzly hackle. A couple turns behind, and a couple in front
and then capture, stroke rearward, and clip off the waste in the same way as
the grizzly. However I find that I trap more of the feathers
on the 2nd hackle for some reason. If you do as well, no harm in clipping off
a few of them. Once your happy, then whip finish your fly. However with the difficulty of adding cement
on this fly, I find painting some cement onto the thread before whip finishing is much easier. And there we have it, the Adams dry fly. Probably one of the most popular and effective
dry flies ever created. Well
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