“Tying your own flies adds extra reward to catching your trout”
Fly tying tips
- The trout dry flies are common in the market. One of the oldest among them is the Adams. It is the typical dry fly that can be used to attract a trout. The following steps will help you to make an Adams on your own.
- Take a pair of hen hackles that are matching and place them face to face with the convex sides inwards.
- Place the wings above the hook to measure the required length. Generally the length can be equal to the length of the hook shank, measured from the eye to the start of the hook bend. Once the length is set, make a nail mark on the stem of the hackles and cut at this point.
- Next the hackle tips have to be stripped, with feathers making a 45-degree angle downwards with the left side of the hook shank.
- The next step is to split the wing with the roll moving in the forward direction. Make a roll in the forward and downward direction between the wings with your fingernail. This will keep the two hackles apart in the forward- down position. When you stop rolling, they will return to the vertical position.
- Next part is the tail. The tail is made of a mix of Brown and Grizzly hackle fibers. The length of the tail can be equal to that of the hook shank. Take a bunch each of the Brown and Grizzly hackles, measure them, and tie the bunches one after another.
- The tying process starts again. This is the basic step in fly tying and it requires a meticulous practice and patience. Not adhering to the perfection will cost the efforts you put in making a fly. Keeping the tail fibers in your left hand, place them on the hook and raise the bundle a little. Roll the thread around them to bring the fibers up and on the top of the hook. Continue tying to the end of the bundle till it reaches the point above the barb. This is the point where the tail is free from the body of the fly.
- The thread rolling should move the fibers upwards on the top of the shank. Wrap the thread firmly around the shank to the end of the body. If necessary, you can trim the tail after this tying. Tapering or convex curve can be ideal for trimming. No square cuts.
- Once you reach rolling the thread near to the first wrap area, move the tip of the wrap to the hook. Again roll the thread all the way to the area behind the wings.
- The stem of the Grizzly hackle will be seen a little between the wings. This is wrapped the last. The last binding wrap should go towards the tail where the hackle bends and the barbs stand up. The Brown hackle is also tied in this manner, shiny side facing towards you.
- The last step is to bind the Brown hackles forward over the eye. This tying will soften the stem wrapping. One more wrapping is done with a second hackle binding down the last wrap of the Grizzly hackle.
- Ready for the whip finish.