A bushy almost Adams pattern I find effective in fast water when nothing is hatching. 2xl dry hook 18-12 (I like the larger sizes). Tail: brown & grizzly hackle fibers. Egg sac: chartreuse Un-Stretch. Body: Adams gray superfine dub. Wings: grizzly hen saddle cut to shape. Hackle: one brown one grizzly saddle wrapped heavy. Space the turns closely and use double the turns.
Kristofer, #brantnall I’m unsure of how to answer your question. Lots of “how to” videos on line so I’m guessing you have some other questions. I’d be happy to help in any way I can, just let me know what you need to know.
Are you talking about hook sizes or lengths, dubbing colors, proportions?? Do you just want to know what my preferences are for style (Catskill, fast water, parachute, etc).
The standard Adams pattern calls for a combination of two hackle colors, one a red brown and the other a grizzly. You can tie a great Adams pattern using only the grizzly if you like. Personally I like a Cree hackle but these are rare and expensive. I also like a 2x long, 1x light dry fly hook.
Check out a few online videos and then let me know how I can help. I would really like to help.
#brantnall Kristofer, I’ve checked out a number of sites offering videos on tying the Adams. I’d suggest you look at the one from Orvis as it offers a number of important clues to a successful tie. I agree with a size 16 choice unless the fly is intended for rough water.
Pay close attention to the suggestions for orienting the wings, snipping off a short section of fibers from the hackles wound at the front, and orienting the hackles so you don’t start winding down the hackle barbs. It’s important to do the zig-zag movement of the grizzly hackle as you wind it through the brown one. Finally, that tip about using a half hitch tool to push back the hackle fibers is a good one unless you use a hackle guard.
If you want a nice neat head, be sure to wind the head from the eye back towards the wing to keep the hackle fibers from being caught and to secure the hackle. I think the tail is too long on the video for my tastes but this is subjective.
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