Tying Instructions: Irresistible Adams

1. Attach the thread about one eye length behind the eye. Wrap a thread foundation to the bend of the hook. Take two equal amounts of Brown and Grizzly hackle fibers and even the tips in a stacker. Measure the tail material to be about one shank length and secure with thread wraps at the bend of the hook.
Step One
2. To protect the tailing fibers from clipping, attach a piece of low tack drafting tape around the tail.
Step Two
3. Clip a small amount of deer hair from the hide and clean out the subfur with a comb. Trim off the tips and place the hair just in front of the bend of the hook. This first section does not have to be spun, just maneuver the stack around the shank and secure with 2-3 thread wraps. This keeps from having spun hair lock into the bend of the hook.
Step Three
4. By tightening the thread, you get a spun effect to the hair.
Step Four
5. Push the hair along the shank towards the bend of the hook and wrap the thread forward until it is in front of the hair.
Step Five
6. Now, place a second stack of hair on top of the hook shank and secure with two loose wraps.
Step Six
7. Tightening the thread will spin the hair and flare it out. Apply a couple more thread wraps to secure.
Step Seven
8. Push the hair back against the previous hair stack and wrap the thread in front. Stack enough hair to cover a little more than half the hook shank.
Step Eight
9. Clip the hair with your scissors in a round cylinder that is tapered towards the tail. I find that using your scissors parallel to the hook shank produces a nice trim.
Step Nine
10. Remove the tape protecting the tail and clip some of the hairs around the tail for a tapered body.l
11. Attach two Grizzly hackle tips for the wings in front of the body. The wings should be about the length of the hook shank. The tips are split with the shiny side face out.
Step Eleven
12. With thread wraps behind and in front of the hackle tips, you can make the tips stand upright.
Step Twleve
13. Apply a couple of figure eight wraps around each of the tips to split them in a 45 degree angle. Note that you want the tips to be flat when you look down or up on the fly.
Step Thirteen
14. Attach two additonal hackles (sized for the hook) behind the wing, a Brown and Grizzly hackle. The hackles are secured with thread wraps around the bare quill at the base of the hackles. You can secure these with additional wraps in front of the wing tips as well but do not cover the eye.
Step Fourteen
15. Wrap the Grizzly hackle forward with three wraps behind the wing and 2-3 wraps in front of the wing. Secure with thread wraps behind the eye and trim off the tag end.
Step Fifteen
16. Next, wrap the Brown Hackle forward with three wraps behind the wing and 2-3 wraps in front of the wing. Secure with thread wraps and trim off the tag end.
Step Sixteen
17. Pull back the hackle fibers in front of the eye with you fingers and secure the tag ends of the hackle with some more thread wraps. Build a small head and Whip Finish..
Step Seventeen

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