- Hook: dry fly hook size 10 to... as small as you can tie it
- Thread: black 6/0 or 8/0 (based on size)
- Tail: hackle fibers, grizzly and brown mixed
- Body: muskrat or gray dry fly dubbing
- Wing: a pair of grizzly hackle tips
- Hackle: one grizzly and one brown, mixed
The Adams is one of the most popular dry flies tied in either the Catskill form as shown above, or tied in a parachute manner in which case you would substitute a white post for the hackle tip wings.