By Niklas Dahlin
thing with me and patterns is that I like a good story, and this
one got one..
Hook: Model perfect dry
Thread: Uni 8/0 White
Tails: Brown/Grizzly rooster
Body: Muskrat/Grey fox underbody fur mixed
Wing: Grizzly hackletips hen or rooster (rounded)
Hackle: Brown/Grizzly rooster
The Adams dry fly came
to this world through the vise of Leonard Halladay of Mayfield,
Michigan about 1922. Halladay designed the fly for his close
friend Charles F. Adams of Lorin, Ohio. Judge Charles F. Adams
asked his friend Halladay to create a fly that would imitate the
insect the discriminating trout were favoring that day. Leonard
Halladay and Charles Adams used The Adams with great success on
their beloved Boardman River, Michigan.
From the beggining the
fly was tied with two strands Golden Pheasant tippet or grizzly
hackle fibers as tails and the wings were tied spent. Some
people says that the Adams was first tied as a downwing to
imitate a caddis. As for most known and belowed patterns there
are a lot of different stories and for sure, the Adams has over
the years been tied many different ways.
Even though it was
originated in Michigan some catskill tyers like Rube Cross, Walt
Dette and Harry Darbee early saw The Adamīs advantages and
started to tie it comercially. There are still some contemporary
catskill tiers that might shiver when the Adams is called a
Catskill pattern. The Adams are proborably one of the most sold
flies in America and known all over the world, maybe because of
that these gentlemen took it to their vises.
A problem with this fly
is to find the round hackle tips that requires for wingmaterial.
The search for long, stiff hackles has made the hackletips
narrover and more pointed then they were in the 1920īs. Walt
Detteīs sollution to this problem was to use hackletips from hen
I hope you enjoyed the
story... I did.
By Niklas Dahlin
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