It really is quite simple with regards to the flies. Once you know the mayfly hatches, sedge hatches, maybe abundant terrestrials that might come into play etc., don’t go nuts tying eleven different patterns of grasshoppers. Keep it simple. As far as the mayflies go, I stick to parachutes and just vary the sizes and colours. I can tie ten parachutes in an hour and while I don’t want to risk running out, I also don’t want to tie dozens of flies I might not use again.
And all this part of my preparations, but I will also include some general patterns. A small selection of nymphs, sizes and colours adjusted. Some streamers (you can never go wrong with Wooly Buggers and a handful of zonkers) and I’ll bring some general wet flies. And I never omit a few general dry flies as well. Dry Red Tags and and Adams comes to mind.
I’m sure the Adams is one of the most well known and wide spread dry flies. It’s a classic and actually 100 years old this year. First tied by Leonard Halladay from Michigan in 1922.
Thread: UNI 8/0.
Hook: Ahrex FW 500/501, size 12, 14, 16 - even 18.
Wings: Grizzle hackle points. Hen hackles has a more round shape than modern, genetic hackles.
Tail: Grizzle and brown cock hackle fibres.
Body: Originally muskrat and gray fox fur. I use FlyRite, Adams Gray.
Hackles: Grizzle and brown cock.
12s, 14s, 16s and 18s will probably see you through most hatches.
Is an Adams really the umtimate generalist when it comes to dries?
Have a great weekend!