Traditional Dry Flies A-G

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Adams Blue Dun Gray Wulff
Black Gnat Blue Wing Olive  

The term "traditional" might lead the reader to conclude that the flies listed below might not have changed at all for a very long time.  While some of the fly patterns appearing on this page are several hundred years old, they are not exactly as they were 100-years ago.  While the materials used to tie the fly are much the same, and they are assembled into the fly using the same sequence, advances in technology has made each fly evolve incrementally.  These flies are tied on hooks of a quality that was

undreamed of when most of these patterns first hit the water.  Dyed colors are much brighter and more color-fast.  Threads are smaller in diameter and much stronger.  Glues are more transparent and much glossier.  In many cases our fish are fewer and much wiser.  I have a long personal history with each of these fly patterns and have tied all of them at one time or another.  I have caught trout on all of them.  Where as the craftsmanship involved in the construction of these flies is as good now as during any period during each fly's history, the materials used now are vastly superior to any previous time period.  This is especially true concerning dry fly hackle.

Originally tied by Lenard Halladay of Mayfield, Michigan in about 1922, for fishing the Boardman River. The Adams has remained one of the most popular dry flies in the country.  In the Pacific Northwest it is a very effective searching pattern in sizes 12-16 for most freestone streams. The Adams can be an incredibly productive fly for evening fishing on Oregon's Deschutes. Sizes
14-18 are most popular. Fish your Adams upstream in the conventional manner.  Let it float down stream below you then raise your rod and skitter the fly back upstream with short jerks.  Many strikes will come as the fly is retrieved upstream.  If there is a problem with the Adams pattern, it is very hard to see on the water. Because of that, the Parachute Adams, with its white wing post has become more popular.  However, in our view, for anglers who can see it, the original pattern is still more effective in many situations. The traditional Adams is one of the best Callibaetis mayfly patterns for fishing lakes when used in sizes 12-16. A passable Black Drake imitation in sizes 10-12. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
11301 Adams 10 3 for $5.85
11302 Adams 12 3 for $5.85
11303 Adams 14 3 for $5.85
11304 Adams 16 3 for $5.85
11305 Adams 18 3 for $5.85

Black Gnat
We're not sure who originated the Black Gnat pattern.  It appears to be very old and may have originally been tied in the British Isles.  It is an effective pattern under many situations.  Unknown to many anglers, black can be on of the most easily seen colors in the fading light of evening.  Black offers the sharpest contrast in many situations. Even the sharp edges of the black quill wings make it easier to see.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12894 Black Gnat 12 3 for $5.85

12895 Black Gnat 14 3 for $5.85

12896 Black Gnat 16 3 for $5.85

12897 Black Gnat 18 3 for $5.85

Blue Dun
An old British pattern who's original maker is unknown.  Was undoubtedly first tied as a wet fly and later adapted as a dry fly pattern. Eventually the dry version became more popular.  Is still very effective as a Baetis or Callibaetis mayfly pattern, even when fish are sophisticated.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12906 Blue Dun 12 3 for $5.85

12907 Blue Dun 14 3 for $5.85

12908 Blue Dun 16 3 for $5.85

12909 Blue Dun 18 3 for $5.85

Blue Wing Olive
The product of another nameless originator. The Blue Wing Olive is a great pattern for imitating many common species of mayflies which occur in nearly every region of the Northern Hemisphere.  This pattern was undoubtedly first tied as a wet fly with quill wings.  Hackle tip wings have proven to be much more effective on the currently popular dry fly listed here.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12929 Blue Wing Olive 12 3 for $5.85

12930 Blue Wing Olive 14 3 for $5.85

12931 Blue Wing Olive 16 3 for $5.85

12932 Blue Wing Olive 18 3 for $5.85

12933 Blue Wing Olive 20 3 for $5.85

Gray Wulff
Lee Wulff was the most famous fly angler of the 1960-80 era.  A bush pilot of daring and skill, Lee pioneered much of the Alantic Salmon fishing in Labrador and Nova Scotia.  A highly skilled angler, Lee caught many salmon on tiny rods and tiny flies while being filmed with movie cameras.  Many of his films appeared on the popular TV series, American
Sportsman.  The Gray Wulff is a high floating, durable hair wing fly that has remained very popular for both trout and Atlantic Salmon.
Item Description Size Price To Top
22-0070-10 Gray Wulff 10 3 for $5.85

22-0070-12 Gray Wulff 12 3 for $5.85

22-0070-14 Gray Wulff 14 3 for $5.85

22-0070-16 Gray Wulff 16 3 for $5.85

22-0070-18 Gray Wulff 18 3 for $5.85

22-0070-20 Gray Wulff 20 3 for $5.85

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