By Chet Allison
Adams by Tim Flagler and Orvis
Materials for Gray Ugly (purchase using links):
• Hook: Mustad 94840 #12-20 size 16 most common
• Thread: Uni thread Black or Gray 8/0
• Wing: Grizzly Hackle Tips
• Body: Muskrat Dubbing, Nat. Gray or Adams gray Super Fine Dubbing
• Hackle: Grizzly Hackle
• Tail: Brown and Grizzle Hackle Feather Fibers
Step 1: Start your thread, as shown.
Step 2: Select and align 2 grizzly hen hackle tips so that they flare away from one another. Measure them against the hook. The wings, when finished, should be approx. the length of the hook shank. Make 3-4 tight wraps of thread to tie them in. It’s a good idea to make the first 1 or 2 wraps under light thread tension so that the feathers don’t twist.
Step 3: Trim the butt ends of the hackle tips and begin to wrap your thread back towards the bend in the hook. Select some spade hackle (the hackle found at the edges of the rooster neck with long, stiff fibers) from both the grizzly and brown. Tie in a small bunch of grizzly as shown, followed by a small bunch of brown, and another small bunch of grizzly.
Less is more-it’s easy to get the tail too bulky!
Step 4: Pictured here in the background is a patch of muskrat fur. The fluffy underfur is a delight to tie with. Trim a small clump close to the skin, remove the long guard hairs.
Step 5: Dub a tapered abdomen of muskrat underfur, stopping before you get to the tie in point of the hackle tip wings. Pinch the hackle tips together and pull them back as shown.
Step 6: Make 3-4 tight wraps of thread in front of the hackle tips to keep them upright as shown. Trim the hackle barbs that got squashed in the process!
Step 7: Behind the wing (and over that spot you left bare while dubbing the abdomen) tie in a prepared brown hackle, and a grizzly one over it as shown.
Step 8: The second hackle you tied on (the one on top) is the first one you wind forward the grizzly. Make 1 or 2 wraps behind the wing, 2-3 in front of it. Try to keep the space between the wraps uniform. Tie it off. Next, wind the brown hackle forward. Look closely at the hackle stem where it contacts the hook shank and try to position the wraps between the grizzly hackle. Tie off, trim off the remaining hackle. Small thread head, a bit of head cement…you’re done!
The Finished Adams Dry Fly Pattern
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