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First Adams

2009/4/11 18:51
From State College
Posts: 5
I have been tying for about 5 years or so now, but have never tied an adams…I just never wanted to mess it up.

Heres my first attempt.

Any help is appreciated.

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Posted on: 2014/7/14 12:08

Re: First Adams

2013/8/6 21:44
Posts: 196
I'd fish it.

Maybe it's the picture, but did you use grizzly as well as the brown hackle?

Posted on: 2014/7/14 12:15
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Re: First Adams

2013/3/14 7:13
From Norwich, CT
Posts: 86
overall its OK but you might want to use hen hackle tips for the wings and a brown and grizzly mix for the tail and front hackles

Posted on: 2014/7/14 14:07
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Re: First Adams

2013/1/15 12:02
From Pipersville Pa.
Posts: 224
Mario, I agree with using hen hackle for the wings. For me the proportions are really pretty good. I would dub the body tighter on the thread. Not so buggy. And maybe add one more turn of body to make it a hair longer. A adams is not the easiest fly to tie. So that being said for your first one it's pretty damn good. I'm sure it will catch a fish.

Nice job,


Posted on: 2014/7/14 14:40
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Re: First Adams

2009/4/11 18:51
From State College
Posts: 5
Thanks guys.

The tail and the hackle are grizzly brown mix, the white background was the only way I could get the fly in focus.

I was stuck on the wings, all of my grizzly hen was too wide and would have made for a fan wing. I ended up using a old (1970s) grizzly saddle for the wings, Ill have to invest in another hen neck.

I can see what you say about the body. I will do on making the muskrat a bit finer the next go-around.

I will post a second attempt later.

Posted on: 2014/7/14 15:33

Re: First Adams

2012/1/13 15:28
From Ferguson Twp.
Posts: 18
Brian that's a great first adams ( it will take fish) nothing really to add that hasn't been said except when you get some grizzly hen try here: Just tell him what you're using it for and he'll hook you up.

Posted on: 2014/7/14 16:32
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Re: First Adams

2006/9/9 11:22
From New Castle, PA
Posts: 79
I was expecting something much worse when I saw the thread title. Your fly is actually very acceptable for a first attempt.

I would recommend using less/finer dubbing on the body. If you are having trouble getting your dubbing nice and tight on the thread, try waxing the thread a bit before applying the dubbing.

Proportions are good. The hen hackle tips will look better than the rooster tips though.

I'd give it a solid B+ for a first attempt at a traditional dry fly.


Posted on: 2014/7/15 0:19

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