Delaware Adams Wulff

About ten years ago, I took the Delaware Adams fly, see  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:

Delaware Adams Wulff, originated, tied and photographed by Don Bastian.

Here is a front view of the divided wings:

Front view showing divided wings on the Delaware Adams Wulff

About 15 years ago, while tying commercially and for custom orders, I noticed some Royal Wulffs that were tied with red thread. They looked good, but the thread, posted around the base of the wings, made these (ugly, I thought, at the very least unattractive) little red circles, very noticeable, and somewhat distracting when you looked at the fly. Do the trout care? Quoting Jerry Seinfeld, “Not bloody likely!” But I’m particular about my tying and the appearance of my flies, and at that time I decided to start using white thread for all my white calf body and tail hair-wing postings. I also began making them up ahead, half-finished flies, setting the wings on a 1/2 dozen, dozen, or 5 dozen hooks, getting that portion of the procedure finished on a sort of assembly line process. You can see that this also creates a nicely-tapered under body, which is always a good foundation for the rest of the fly. A drop of head cement is applied at the base of the wing wraps.

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

Delaware Adams Wulffs, by the dozen. Three each #10, #12, and #14, ready to go out for trout!

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!