The original Adams fly pattern was first created by Leonard Halladay at his hotel in Mayfield, Michigan. The pattern was created for attorney Charles Adams, a frequent fisher man at the Mayfield Pond. This famous fly or variations of it are found in the hands of most every fly fisherman around the world. An ‘original’ of the Adams fly pattern is exhibited at the Kingsley Branch Library in Kingsley, Michigan.
The first Saturday of June the Kingsley Friends of the Library and the village of Kingsley sponsor this annual event. The event takes place at Brownson Park which adjoins the library property in downtown Kingsley. It kicks off in early afternoon and runs into the evening. Inside the library, along with the actual exhibit is a featured film called, “Grandpa’s Story.” This video production is the complete story of Len Halladay and his flies. Fly tying demonstrations with local tyers and historians of note like Jack Lord, Ralph Hanna and others are also there for your enjoyment.
Under the big top there are static displays of riverboats, casting demonstrations and lessons and fly tying demonstrations. There are both live and silent auctions with items donated by local merchants, artists and outfitters. General admission is free for most events and displays. Local merchants will have specials and sales throughout the event.
Also provided at the event is a microbrew tent and food vendors. Be sure you get your “Tie One On” tee shirt. They don’t have a festival queen or a float with a giant Adam’s fly yet … but you can bet they’re in the planning stages. All proceeds from the event benefit the Kingsley Friends of the Library.
It’s a charming festival and an excellent excuse to make a pilgrimage to see the ‘original’ Adams fly exhibit. Pack you fishing rod … just a couple miles north of town is the Mayfield Pond, where Len Halladay created the first Adams. The pond is very fishable and is home to some very large trout!
See you on the water…..