CDC Cripple Adams

The original Adams and the parachute Adams are unquestionable some of the most famous fly patterns out there and that's for a good reason. However, sometimes we just need to fish cripples 'cause it's easy food for trouts, they like struggling insects. If you want you can also trim the underside of the hackle which makes this fly sits lower in the surface and it can make the difference between a mediocre day (are there even any mediocre fishing day? not in my book) and a great day. Here's how I tie the crippled Adams. Enjoy.


Hook: Ahrex FW502 size 14

Thread: Danville 6/0

Tail: Moose Mane Body Hair

Abdomen: Superfine Dubbing, Adams color

Hackle: Whiting Farms Grizzly and Brown rooster saddle

Wing: CDC Dun colored

1. Start the thread by the eye off the hook.

2. Tie in the Antron at the start and wind backwards to form a smooth underbody.

3. Cut off the antron in the front and form a dubbing noodle of superfine dubbing in an Adams color. Make sure you build up the thread with dubbing in a tapered form.

4. Dub the body about 3/5 of the hook shank. Here you can see the tapered form as well.

5. Pick two CDC feathers. These are quite dense, therefore I use only two for a size 14.

6. Measure them to be about a hook shank in length. Pinch them with your thumb and index finger and take a couple of wraps with the tying thread just behind the eye off the hook. Remember, CDC can be a bit slippery.

7. Lay a foundation of thread back to where the dubbing ends.

8. Cut off the feather as shown. Make sure you have a smooth foundation of thread to wrap the hackle.

9. Strip the lower part of a grizzly hackle and a brown hackle and tie them in on that smooth foundation of thread you just did previously.

10. Now take both hackles and wrap them with touching turns. Take two turns of thread in front of the CDC feather to lock it down and then go forward to behind the hook eye to secure it.

11. Cut the shuck to length. Whip-finish and you're done.

12. The finished fly ready to rock 'n roll.

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