About ten years ago, I took the Delaware Adams fly, see http://donbastianwetflies.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/delaware-adams/ originally created by Walt Dette as a cross between the Henryville Special and the Adams, and “Wulff-ized” it.
One of my favorite Wulff patterns, in fact, my favorite attractor / searching dry pattern has been the Ausable Wulff. When I first tied the Delaware Adams a dozen or more years ago for a custom order, I thought at the time that the palmered hackle of the Delaware Adams and the white wings of the Wulff would make a great combination for an attractor pattern, and a more visible and better-floating one at that.
I tied up a dozen back then and fished them with great success, eventually losing or giving them away, and never tied anymore, but I also never publicized the pattern variation until now. A friend recently placed an order for some attractor drys to use on a local wild-trout stream that he fishes. After we conversed via e-mail for a couple days about patterns, in response to his inquiries on original patterns I had created, I suddenly remembered the Delaware Adams Wulff.
Here it is:
Here is a front view of the divided wings:
The white wings above can be used for any Wulff pattern; Royal, White, Gray, Grizzly, Ausable; Charlie Meck’s Patriot, and also the Delaware Adams Wulff.
Delaware Adams Wulff
Hook: Any standard dry fly hook, sizes #8 to #14
Thread: White Danville Flymaster 6/0 #1 White for setting and dividing wings. #60 Olive, #47 Tobacco Brown, or #31 Gray for the body tying
Wings: White calf body hair, stacked, tied in, and divided
Tail: Brown and grizzly hackle barbs mixed
Palmered body hackle: Grizzly, equal to hook gape distance, five equally-spaced wraps on body. Turn number six comes alongside of thorax where hackle will be tied in. Whiting saddle hackles are ideal for this use because of the consistent barb length
Body: Olive rabbit fur
Hackle: Grizzly and brown mixed
I have caught lots of trout on local creeks and streams on the Delaware Adams Wulff, and I also used it with success in Maine on the Roach River for brook trout and landlocked salmon. It’s a good rough-pocket-broken water pattern. Tie ’em and try ’em!