The Delaware Adams is a popular Catskill area attractor dry fly pattern created by legendary Catskill fly tier, Walt Dette, of Roscoe, New York. According to Eric Leiser’s book, The Dette’s, Walt created the Delaware Adams as a cross between two famous classic dry flies; the Adams and the Henryville Special.
I recently received a custom order for some attractor drys, and included in that order, a dozen of my original creation, a variation of the Delaware Adams, a fly I named the Delaware Adams Wulff. Along with tying and photographing the Delaware Adams Wulff, I thought I would also include the Delaware Adams.
Here is the Delaware Adams:
Delaware Adams, originated by Walt Dette, tied and photographed by Don Bastian.
Delaware Adams, frontal view from hook eye.
Here is the pattern recipe:
Listed in order in which I tie them in:
Hook: Standard dry fly
Thread: Danville Flymaster 6/0 – #60 Olive, #47 Tobacco Brown, or #31 Gray
Wings: Grizzly hen hackle tips, tied spent, Adams-style
Tail: Grizzly hackle barbs
Palmered body hackle: Grizzly, half-size of standard for normal hook size; equal to hook gape is a good built-in visual unit of measure
Body: Olive rabbit dubbing. I also apply dubbing – very sparingly- through the thorax under the hackle. This provides a soft base and prevent any hackle twisting; a George Harvey fly tying idea.
Hackle: Brown and grizzly mixed
The Delaware Adams is a good searching and attractor dry pattern. My original variation – the Delaware Adams Wulff, is (will be) posted in a separate topic. Use the search tab to locate any fly or topic of your interest here on my blog.