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Old 04-23-2010, 08:16 PM
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Default The Adams Pattern- - A History

For those of us who fish for trout using the Adams pattern (is there anyone who doesn't?), here's an interesting short article by Tom Deschaine on the evolution of the fly; starting with its development by Len Halladay and moving forward to the present time.

It's interesting to note the changes in the pattern over time and the sequence of the changes. For example, I had never known that the tail started off as Golden Pheasant tippet fibers, nor that the body of the original was gray wool. The evolution from the forward-facing spent wing to today's split upright wing is also something that was new to me. The new versions have a strong Catskill influence, but the original was much less so.

My "go to" dry fly is the parachute Adams; in either #14 or #16, so I have a special interest in the evolution of this pattern. I actually like it better with the Golden Pheasant tippet tail.

The Adams: History Revisited by Tom Deschaine | Hatches Fly Tying Magazine

Enjoy the evolution!

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Default Re: The Adams Pattern- - A History

Allan: What a great story on the history of the Adams fly! Thanks for sharing. As you said: My "go to" dry fly is the parachute Adams. I totally agree with that, it is a very effective pattern.

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Thanks Allan...now I know the history of this famous pattern
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Default Re: The Adams Pattern- - A History

Thanks Pocono, I always thought it originated on the East Coast.

As time has passed this is the West Coast Adams
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Adams Irresistible, My favorite Adams, Not a true Adams but it works
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Thanks for the link Alan...It was a nice article...

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