My first dry fly

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  1. Thomas Williams

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    The first dry fly I've ever tied. I took my sweet time but it turned out good. A #14 Adams.

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    Did you add a rib? Normally a Adams doesn't have a rib. For me, a traditional style Adams is one of the most difficult flies to tie so if you get that sucker down, you're well on your way to many different styles of dry flies.

    You may want to use wider hackle tips for the wings.
     
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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    No ribbing. Selecting the hackle is a pain in the butt to get the right size. Wasn't an easy tie. Practice makes perfect I guess.

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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Wings further back got it. Also should I be wrapping the hackle thick or thin?

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    just bend the hackle around the hook shank

    should be 1 1/2 -2 times hook gape
     
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    thick or thin is up to you. however 2-3 wraps behind and in front of the wings should be just right. thats for each hackle grizzly and brown
     
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    Considering you are using a brown hackle feather and a grizz hackle feather, it ends up pretty thick. The trick is to make the same number of turns for each feather behind the wings and in front of the wings so the wings end up in the center.

    If there was ever a good pattern for a SBS, tying a traditional Adams is it.

    I switched to parachute style Adams so I'm hardly the guy to come up with the SBS.
     
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    i posted a step by step in the link above

    best one on the web
     
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    Despite all that....that fly will catch fish.

    A tip....sometimes, when they're hitting a classic pattern, I'll switch to something vaguely similar..and it makes no difference. For dry flies, not blasting in some crappy fish spooking cast is generally more important....and for wet flies....depth, location, and retrieve are far more critical than pattern.

    And when they ain't feeding (for a variety of reasons) changing patterns won't make any difference....they're not holding out for the perfect fly.
     
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    Ditto all said so far especially Krusty's comment "that fly will catch fish".
    Curious: what hook are you using?
    Jack
     
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    Oh... NOW I see it!
     
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    Thanks for the criticism and compliments. Both are appreciated. The hook is a #14 Maruto fine wire barbless hook. It's black. I picked them up from a private seller on eBay and like them very much. Strong and light.

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    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    One thing that helps with dry flies is to tie the wing in first. Once that "balance" happens the rest seems to fall in line. Lumpy or poorly tapered bodies are probably next and then comes getting the tail right.
     
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    Nice. I think that would work great on the Yak at about 1:00pm for the next few weeks.
     
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    that will fish
     
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    I've been tying along time and have never tied that good looking an Adams.
     
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    The reason I mentioned balance and tying the wings in first is this fly will probably tip forward on its face when fished. It looks like it won't fish right.
     
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    I tied another Adams and the wing was too far back this time. Trying to get the wing right is the hardest part I think. The rest is fairly simple. Do you guys treat your dries with permanent floatant? I was just using payette paste as dubbing wax so its all the way down to the thread.

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    Try this out.

    Mount your hook in the vise and start your thread behind the eye. Wrap to the center of the shank and cut your tag. Now look at the threaded section and divide that in half. Wrap your thread back up the shank to this spot. This will be your tie in point. Tie in the tips, wrapping back down the shank.

    Do this every time and you will have consistent wing placement. Adjust to your liking, but always use that 3/4 spot for your reference.
     
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