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    Default First dry fly

    Just a simple Adams, I've only been tying alittle bit but I mainly fish dries so I should probably learn to tie them as well. I don't think it's horrible, the abdomen needs to be alittle skinnier I know but I'm looking for criticism. If anyone can throw some pointers out there I'd appreciate it.




    Ryan
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    The tail is a little short, would recommend 1 1/2 times hook gap and appears the tail tips were clipped, think they look more natural if not clipped so you get the fine tapered points. You have done a good job for just beginning and I agree with your thoughts on the abdomen. I rarely have the time to practice but when possible I always find the improvements come much faster if I tie the same fly repeatedly. Your finger agility improves and the refinements just seem to come together.

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    I plan on sitting down and tying a dozen tomorrow, man is it a pain in the ass to hold those tiny barbs for the tail, what a pain.

    Thanks for the critique


    Ryan
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    After tying a dozen you won't find it as difficult...Guarantee.

    When adding dubbing to a waxed thread use less dubbing, it will give you better control.

    Dave
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    Ard helped me with this about the tail. When you wind your thread back to stopping point,,wind some over itself and make a tiny ball,,knot,,,hump...with your thread at the very back end. That will splay out your tail into a fan'esk type deal what will help stabalize your flly. On 14's and 16's,,you can even run a thing ring of grey (for Adams) dubbing for a hump at the rear. Then, get your fibers even on the tips,,,measure your length,,,lay them dead center the top of the 'knot' and push down on each side with your thumb,,that should put some fibers on both sides of the knot. Pinch wrap a couple turns, pull snug,,,then pinch wrap a few more moving forward slowly.
    That should do it. Sounds complicated but after a few,,it's very natural and easy.

    Mike
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    It's OK for your First Dry as mentioned after you Tie A Dozen or so you will have it sorted out The Adam's will catch Fish for you as it's a terrific Fly.
    Brian

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    Ryan, not bad for first dry. Here's a chart that might help

    Fly Prortportion

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    assuming this is an adams

    tail too short + they were cut. should be grizzly and brown

    hackle too big + not enough wraps. should also be grizzly and brown

    wings in the wrong place + too big

    dubbing too much

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    Thanks for all the tips guys, especially fly tire. I'll be back at it tomorrow


    Ryan
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