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Dry Fly Recipes!

Your source for flyfishing and flycraft resources since 1975.

Adams

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 10 - 20
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - grizzly and brown hackle fibers mixed
  • Body - dubbed muskrat belly
  • Wings - grizzly hackle tips
  • Hackle - grizzly and brown mixed

Comments - If one is lucky enough today to find muskrat belly, to use it the tyer needs to remove all guard hair and then shear it. Fortunately, there are many sources of Adam's body dubbing in ready to use form.

Hackle tips may not be easy to come by. Substitutes include grizzly hen hackle tips and cut wings (from grizzly body feathers, hen backs, large hen neck feathers and the like), the latter not being one of our favorites.

The Female Adams is tied the same except that a butt of yellow poly yarn is tied in before the grey body to represent the egg sac.

 

Ant - Black

Ant

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 14 - 20
  • Thread - black
  • Abdomen - black fur dubbing-formed into a hump
  • Hackle - black in middle of hook
  • Thorax - black rabbit fur-formed into a lump

 

Bivisible - Brown

Brown Bivisible

  • Hook - standard dry fly 10 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - brown hackle fibers
  • Body - brown hackle palmered-heavy
  • Hackle - cream

     

 

Bivisible - Dun

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly 10 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - dun hackle fibers
  • Body - dun hackle palmered-heavy
  • Hackle - cream

 

Black Gnat

Black Gnat

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 20
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - black hackle fibers
  • Body - dyed black rabbit (or poly yarn)
  • Wings -grey duck quills
  • Hackle - natural or dyed black

 

 

Blue Dun

Blue Dun

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 10 - 16
  • Thread - grey
  • Tail - dun hackle fibers
  • Body - muskrat belly fur
  • Wings - mallard wing
  • Hackle - blue dun

Comments - Any body dubbing used for the Adams is useful for the Blue Dun.

Blue Quill

Blue Quill

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 18
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - dun hackle fibers
  • Body - stripped peacock quill
  • Wings - mallard wing
  • Hackle - blue dun

 

Blue Wing Olive

  • Blue QuillHook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 20
  • Thread - olive
  • Tail - dark dun hackle fibers
  • Body - medium olive rabbit dubbing
  • Wings -grey duck quills
  • Hackle - dark dun hackle

 

Brown Drake

  • Blue QuillHook - standard dry fly sizes 6 - 16
  • Thread - brown
  • Tail - moose body hair
  • Rib - yellow floss
  • Body - olive rabbit fur
  • Wings - light elk hair
  • Hackle - dyed yellow tan hackle fibers (light ginger can be substituted)
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Cricket - Letort

Adams

  • Hook - dry fly 2X sizes 12 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Body - black rabbit fur
  • Wings - black goose quill
  • Overwing - black deer hair
  • Head - black deer hair spun and clipped
  • Legs - black pheasant barbules (optional)

Hendrickson

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 10 - 14
  • Thread - grey
  • Tail - light dun hackle fibers
  • Body - mixed muskrat and hare's ear
  • Wings - grey duck quills
  • Hackle - light dun and dark ginger mixed

Dark Cahill

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 102- 18
  • Thread - tan
  • Tail - dark ginger hackle fibers
  • Body - grey muskrat fur
  • Wings - lemon woodduck flank
  • Hackle - dark ginger

Dark Hendrickson

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12- 18
  • Thread - grey
  • Tail - dark blue dun hackle fibers
  • Body - grey muskrat back fur
  • Wings - lemon woodduck flank
  • Hackle - dark dun

Eastern Green Drake

Adams

  • Hook - 2X dry fly sizes 8 - 12
  • Thread - cream
  • Tail - woodduck flank feathers-long
  • Body - very pale yellow rabbit dubbing tending towards a dark cream
  • Wings - mallard flank feather lightly barred
  • Hackle - cream badger

 

Elk Hair Caddis - Tan

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 18
  • Thread - tan
  • Body - hare's ear dubbing
  • Rib - fine gold wire
  • Wings - light elk hair
  • Hackle - brown palmered over body

Comments - Wire is tied in at hook bend hackle in front. Hackle is palmered back and secured with wire which is then ribbed forward. Most tyers today omit the rib and use a tan rabbit dubbing for the body. Other elk hair caddis patterns are similar except the body color and thread color are changed-e.g., olive, gray and brown elk hair caddis.

 

Fluttering Caddis - Gray

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 18
  • Thread - black
  • Body - muskrat back fur
  • Wings - gray hackle barbules or gray mink guard hairs
  • Hackle - medium dun

Comments - A number of fluttering caddis patterns can be tied by varying the above recipe-cream, tan, ginger, black, dark dun, etc.

Gray Quill

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 18
  • Thread - gray
  • Tail - med dun hackle fibers
  • Body - badger hackle stem stripped
  • Wings - lemon woodduck flank
  • Hackle - med dun

Comments - Grizzly hackle may be substituted for tail fibers and hackle.

Gray Fox

 

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 14
  • Thread - pale yellow
  • Tail - light ginger
  • Body - sandy red fox fur
  • Wings - mallard flanks
  • Hackle - light ginger and light grizzly mixed

 

Henryville Special

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 20
  • Thread - olive
  • Body - light olive fur or floss
  • Rib - grixxly hackle palmered over body-barbs slightly smaller than hook gap
  • Wings - woodduck flank under with mallard quill slips tied tent style
  • Hackle - dakr ginger
  • Head - brown thread wraps

 

Dave's Hopper

Adams

  • Hook - dry fly 2X sizes 4 - 12
  • Thread - gray
  • Tail - red deer hair and small loop of yellow yarn
  • Body - yellow wool yarn
  • hackle - brown palmered over body and clipped
  • Underwing - yellow calftail
  • Wing - mottled turkey lacquered
  • Legs - dyed yellow grizzly hackle stems clipped and knotted
  • Collar - matural light deer hair spun
  • Head - natural light deer hair spun and clipped

 

Humpy - Black

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 8 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - moose body hair
  • Shellback - deer hear
  • Body - black floss
  • Hackle - brown & grizzly

 

Isonychia (eye' sun i kee' ya) Bicolor

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 10 - 14
  • Thread - brown
  • Tail - dun hackle fibers
  • Body - chestnut brown dubbing with a hint of purple
  • Wings - mallard flanks
  • Hackle - light ginger and med. dun mixed

 

Light Cahill

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 10 - 20
  • Thread - pale yellow (or cream)
  • Tail - light ginger hackle fibers
  • Body - cream under fur of the red fox
  • Wings - lemon woodduck sides
  • Hackle - light ginger

Comments - Fortunately there are many sources of prepared light Cahill body dubbing as the supply of cream (red) fox fur is at an all time low. Mallard flanks dyed woodduck are suitable substitutes for the lemon woodduck wings.

 

March Brown (American)

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 10 - 14
  • Thread - tan
  • Tail - ginger hackle fibers
  • Body - sandy under fur from red fox
  • Wings - lemon woodduck
  • Hackle - grizzly and dark ginger (lt brown) mixed

Comments - There are many sandy fox subsitiutes on the market. Dark ginger (hackles) is the common color of genetic hackle termed brown - use as light a shade as possible. The darker barring and color of the natual woodduck better imitate the wings of this fly than do the dyed mallard substitutes that are commonly available.

 

Midge - Cream

Adams

  • Hook - dry fly sizes 18 - 28
  • Thread - white
  • Tail - cream hackle fibers
  • Body - cream rabbit dubbing
  • Hackle - cream hackle

Comments - black, ginger, gray and olive midges are tied the same except the colors are changed as appropriate.

 

Mosquito

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 20
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - grizzly hackle fibers
  • Body - light and dark moose mane wrapped in alternate color bands
  • Wings - grizzly hackle tips
  • Hackle - grizzly

Comments - This original mosquito pattern has stood the test of time.

 

Pale Evening Dun

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 14 - 20
  • Thread - cream
  • Tail - light dun hackle fibers
  • Body - pale yellow rabbit dubbing
  • Wings - light dun hackle tips
  • Hackle - medium dun

 

Pale Morning Dun

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 18
  • Thread - cream
  • Tail - pale dun
  • Body - cream rabbit dubbing
  • Wings - light dun hackle tips
  • Hackle - pale dun

 

Pink Lady

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 -16
  • Thread - cream
  • Tail - gold pheasant tippets
  • Rib - fine flat tinsel gold
  • Body - pink floss
  • Wings - grey duck quills
  • Hackle - golden badger

Quill Gordon

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly 12 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - dark dun hackle fibers
  • Body - stripped peacock quill (lacquered)
  • Rib - fine gold wire
  • Wings - woodduck
  • Hackle - dark blue dun

Comments - If the wire is wrapped in the direction opposite which the quill is wrapped, it will provide for a stronger tied fly.

Red Quill

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 12 - 16
  • Thread - grey
  • Tail - bronze dun hackle fibers
  • Body - coachman brown hackle stem stripped
  • Wings - lemon woodduck
  • Hackle - medium bronze dun

Comments - Bronze dun is nearly impossible to find. Look for a medium dun cape with as much brown tone as possible.

 

Renegade

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly 6 - 18
  • Thread - black
  • Tip - fine flat gold tinsel
  • Body - peacock herl
  • Rear Hackle - brown
  • Front Hackle - white

 

Royal Coachman

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly 10 - 16
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - gold pheasant tippets
  • Body - peacock herl and red floss
  • Wings - white duck quill
  • Hackle - chocolate brown

Comments - Good quality chocolate brown hackle is available only in imported hackle capes and generally is of poorer quality. Be sure to specify when purchasing hackle for this fly - as dark brown as possible and do not be too disappointed if you get a lighter shade. Commercial Royal Coachman flies are generally tied today with run of the mill brown hackle. The body has in sequence from tail a peacock herl band, a red floss band and another peacock herl band up next to the wings. Often, the wings have for substitutes - white woodduck breast feathers (fan-wing royal coachman) or white calf tail or white calf body hair (hair-wing royal coachman).

 

Rusty Spinner

Adams

  • Hook - 3X fine dry fly sizes 12 - 24
  • Thread - wtan
  • Tail - medium dun hackle fibers
  • Body - rusty brown rabbit dubbing
  • Wings - light gray poly yarn tied spent

Comment - for a really bright easy to see and attractive spinner, replace the poly yarn wings with pearl krystal flash.

 

Stimulator - orange

Adams

  • Hook - dry fly 2X sizes 6 - 8
  • Thread - fl. fire-orange
  • Tail - elk hair dyed black
  • Rib - fine gold wire and dark dun hackle
  • Body - orange dubbing (the shinier the better) or orange antron yarn
  • Wings - elk hair
  • Head - fire-orange dubbing (shiny - antron or similar material)
  • Hackle - grizzly wrapped over head

Stimulator - Olive

Adams

  • Hook - dry fly 2X sizes 6 - 16
  • Thread - fl. fire-orange
  • Tail - elk hair
  • Rib - brown hackle palmered and counter wound with fine gold wire
  • Body - olive dubbing (shiny - antron or similar material)
  • Wings - grey elk hair
  • Head - amber dubbing (shiny - antron or similar material)
  • Hackle - grizzly wrapped over head

 

Sulfur Dun

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 16 - 18
  • Thread - cream
  • Tail - light dun hackle fibers
  • Body - light yellow dubbing (sandy, tan)
  • Wings - cream hen hackle tips (optional - not shown)
  • Hackle - light dun

Western Green Drake

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 10 - 12
  • Thread - olive
  • Tail - moose body hair
  • Body - olive rabbit dubbing
  • Rib - light olive floss
  • Wings - moose body hair
  • Hackle - grizzly dyed olive

 

White Miller

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 10 - 26
  • Thread - white
  • Tail - white hackle fibers
  • Body - white dubbing or floss
  • Rib - fine silver wire or tinsel
  • Wings - white duck quills
  • Hackle - white hackle.

 

Wulff - Ausable

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 8 - 14
  • Thread - fire-orange
  • Tail - moose body hair
  • Body - bleached australian opossum (cream/rusty/tan dubbing)
  • Wings - white calf tail (or white calf body hair)
  • Hackle - brown and grizzly mixed (or cree)

Wulff - Blonde

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 4 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - light tan elk
  • Body - light tan rabbit fur
  • Wings - light tan elk
  • Hackle - light ginger

 

Wulff - Grey

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 8 - 14
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - natural brown bucktail
  • Body - muskrat (dark - back fur)
  • Wings - natural brown bucktail
  • Hackle - medium dun

 

Wulff - Royal

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 8 - 18
  • Thread - black
  • Tail - natural brown bucktail
  • Butt - peacock herl
  • Body - Red Floss
  • Shoulder - peacock herl
  • Wings - white calf tail (or white calf body hair)
  • Hackle - dark brown hackle

 

Wulff - White

Adams

  • Hook - standard dry fly sizes 6 - 16
  • Thread - white
  • Tail - white calf tail or body hair
  • Body - White rabbit dubbing
  • Wings - white calf tail (or white calf body hair)
  • Hackle - cream badger