Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Adams Irresistible


Text and Photos by Stephen Chatterton

Hook #10 - #20 dry fly
Thread Strong grey thread
Body Deer hair, spun and clipped
Tail Grizzly and brown hackle fibres
Wings Grizzly or brown hackle tips or grey duck feather slips
Hackle 1 grizzly and 1 brown cock hackle

A favourite fly because fish accept it as a variety of drift items. Tie with deer hair for the tail in larger sizes or for flies for use in fast running water and tie with sparse hackle for calm water. In sizes 12-16 this is an excellent fly when snow flake caddis are around because the body and the wings are each wedge (or sedge) shaped. 

Tying Procedure

1a) Because the body of this fly is spun deer hear it is better to leave the majority of the hook shank bare. Start the fly by creating a bed of only 4 or five turn of thread at the bend of the hook and tie in a tail equal to about of the length of the hook shank. If you are worried about the tail pulling out put a small drop of glue over the tie.
b) Now spin deer hair along 2/3 along the length of the bare hook shank toward the eye of the hook.
c) When you have finished spinning on the deer hair body, wind the thread in touching turns to the eye of the hook and tie it off with a couple of half hitches.
 

2a) Cut the thread, remove the fly from the vice and with a sharp pair of scissors or blade, trim the body to shape being careful to leave the tail intact.
b) Put the fly back in the vice and re-attach the thread directly in front of the body.
c) Take two matching feather slips or feather tips and tie the wings directly in front of the body in the upright position.
d) Tie in the two similar shaped hackles directly behind the wings. 

3. Wind the hackle equally behind and in front of the wings and tie off. Build up the head, whip finish & varnish.