Adams Irresistible

January 2011

                                   Fly Pattern: Adams Irresistible
      Tyer's Name: Joe Hudon
      Date: January 3, 2011

    Fly Originator and History: Originated by Joe Messinger in the 1930's

                                   How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: Floating line with a tapered leader matched to the fly size.
    Depth range: On the surface (dry fly).
    Suggested retrieve: 

                                   Fly Material
    Hook make /size / length: #12 Dry fly hook  (10-14)
    Thread: size / color / type: 75 denier GSP, black, and 14/0 thread, black
    Weighted y/n / size: No.
    Tail material / size / color: Brown and Grizzly hackle
    Body material / size/ color: Deer hair, natural color
    Ribbing size / color: None
    Thorax size / color: 
    Wing size / color: Grizzly, natural                   
    Hackle size / color: Brown and grizzly hackle
    Head size / color: None
    Other: blue painters masking tape

                                   Tying Steps

    1. Lay down a thread base with the black GSP.

    2. Tail: The tail should be about 2/3 the length of the hook. Select 3 grizzly 
    and 3 brown hackle barbs, and roll them between your fingers to blend them and  
    join them together.

    3. Tie in the tail with a couple of wraps, then make one wrap behind, and a few 
    more in front. 

    4. Take a small piece of  blue masking tape and cover the tail, sticking the tape 
    to the jaws of the vise (keeps the tail separated from the deer hair).

    NOTE: Spinning deer or elk hair is not difficult, but it does take some practice. 
    There are many sources available on the internet as well as fly tying books in 
    the OPFF Library. Better yet, talk to a fly tyer who has spun hair, and they 
    should be able to show you how it's done.

    5. Body: Cut a bundle of deer hair, about the diameter of a pencil. Comb out 
    the under fur, stack it, and trim both ends, leaving about 1/2 to 3/4-inch of hair. 

    6. Lay the bundle on top of the hook. Take two soft wraps and then pull to spin 
    the bundle of hair.  Compress the bundle towards the bend of the hook.

    7. Tie on another bundle and repeat the spin/compress steps above. Repeat until 
    the body is complete. 

    8. Tie off the GSP thread in front of the forward bundle and whip finish. Cut 
    the thread

    9. Trim body with curved scissors - see photo above. 

    10. Remove the tape and tie in the 14/0 thread.

    11. Wings: Select 2 matching grizzly feathers, preferably one from each side 
    of the cape. The wings should be about 2/3 of the length of the hook. The wings 
    will mount directly in front of the body.
    12. Place the wings back to back, tying them in using figure-8 wraps (this will 
    force the wings to form a V-shape). Pluck the stray wing fibers with some tweezers.

    13. Hackle: Select a grizzly and a brown feather and tie them in behind the wings. 

    14. Wrap the hackles 3 times behind the wings, then 1 or 2 wraps in front.

    15. Whip finish, and glue.

    16. Optional: On the bottom of the fly, cut an inverted "V" notch in the hackle(see photo). 
    This will help the fly land right-side up.

        Rick Shadforth 01/25/11.