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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Male Adams

The Adams Male mayfly is a great year round (particularly spring) pattern. This pattern is presented and tied by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. I have caught fish all over this country with this fly. When you see a hatch occuring, you can catch a bunch in a short time with the right color and approximate size fly. Do not discount other flies which also represent mayflies like the blue-winged olive (BWO) and is a very similar fly with just a different color dubbing for the body. This is a mayfly:
And this is one of my best friends "Cooper John"

Prince Cooper John - Named kinda
after the Copper John fly.
The reason Cooper is pictured here is simple. He provides to me, in the spring, his grey undercoat. This I transfer from my floor to my tying table and then onto thread. This undercoat, which is now called dubbing, becomes my Adams fly's body as pictured below. This is another fairly simple fly to tie once you get the nack of the parachute hackle. I do like white or yellow foam now for wings. It is highly visible and very easy to tie into your fly.

Tie in pheasant tail (few strands) for tail with grey or
brown thread.

Now spin dubbing onto thread and advance 2/3
way toward eye.

Tie in foam wings using thin strip folded in half.

Add grizzly hackle and turn around wings.

Add more "Cooper" grey dubbing last 1/3 of
way to eye.

Trim your wings w/ slight taper up toward tail.
Now tie off and finish head. Done!

Sir Bosley Winston Churchill                 Queen Sheba Lou
Your fly is now done. Go and do some Idaho fly fishing and catch some trout. The best sizes are anywhere from #14 to #20. Pay attention to your surroundings and see what size is hatching around you. This time of year you will see numerous hatches of varying sizes throughout the day. As soon as you see "rises", tie one on and have a great time. This article would not be complete without a look at the rest of my furry family. Pictured here is our 5 year old Pomeranean "Sir Bosley Winston Churchill" and our 11 year old Sheltie "Queen Sheba Lou". Bosley does produce some light brown dubbing, Sheba not much of anything.

So come and fly fish Idaho and try out one of our great hatches. Lower water here should make for some very good fishing here now. Don't forget that the stoneflies are hatching and the hoppers will be here at any time. The unsinkable YSF Stinger is a great imitation for both.

Tight lines and happy Idaho fly fishing.


PS-If any of you are interested, I might be willing to teach a fly tying class sometime this fall.
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