Published Apr 14. 2022 - 4 months ago
Updated or edited Apr 14. 2022


The Adams Catskill style dry fly is one of the most, if not the most popular dry fly ever created. Just about every freshwater fly shop in America has them for sale. They mimic a mayfly, and this specific coloration of a catskill fly really tends to do the job great, for a number of different mayfly species. Now of course you could take this tutorial and change out some colors like the hackle color, wing color, and dubbing color to make a different type of mayfly if you want. While it wont be called an Adams anymore, it will work great for different species. A few other colorations I have used in the past is black (to mimic a black drake or other darker mayflies). Olive body with gray wings/hackle (to mimic a blue wing olive) and so fourth.

These are not the easiest style fly to tie, mostly due to the wings and now to get them in correctly and positioned just right. However using the two different hackles as well comes with some challenges. If you can find a Cree hackle, then this will be much easier and quicker to tie. Also if you tie a more solid color catskill fly like a BWO or the Black Drake style I mentioned above, you can go with just one color hackle. This will lower the time consumption in tying these great flies.

Now as mentioned, these aren't the easiest flies to tie, therefor they are not what I consider a beginners fly. Now that being said, you can give it a go if your just starting tying, but fair warning, you might end up tying a few (or more than a few) that will come out less than desirable. So dont be discouraged. If you already have a little skill in tying other dry flies, and manipulating dry fly hackle, then I am convinced you will do very well with this fly.

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Hook: Risen Barbless Dry Fly 100 (size 14) -
Thread: Veevus 10/0 (brown) -
Tail: Rooster Cape Fibers (brown and grizzly) -
Body: UV2 Fine and Dry (adams gray) -
Wings: Whiting Hen Saddle (grizzly) -
Hackle: Whiting Rooster Dry Fly Saddle (brown and grizzly) -
Head Cement: Loon Water Based Head Cement -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen Spring Assist -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Hackle Tool: Griffin Hackle Gauge -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Solarez UV Cure (high output) -

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