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Fishplease 07-31-2007 09:52 PM

Damsel/dragon fly nymphs
Hello all
In my creek, all the damselflies and dragonflies are coming out in large numbers all day. I have adult damselfly and dragonfly flies, but I need to know some good nymph patters to tie. The damsel flies here are blue, about 1 1/2 inch long adult, and the dragon flies can range from 2 inches to 4. But the nymphs never exceed 2.

Any suggestions?

troutbum 08-17-2007 02:42 PM

Re: Damsel/dragon fly nymphs

Here is a fairly simple dragon fly pattern that I tie.
let me know if you need me to post the materials.
Tight Lines

Fishplease 08-18-2007 11:29 AM

Re: Damsel/dragon fly nymphs
I'll tie that. But Im gonna take a shot in the dark and guess the materials:
marabou tail
Deer/elk hair body trimmed
marabou legs
plastic eyes
size 4-8 hook

But thats my guess. What are the ingredients?

troutbum 08-18-2007 02:16 PM

Re: Damsel/dragon fly nymphs
Yup that's them,I use goose biots for the wing casing.
Here's a simple but deadly Damsel fly

Tight Lines

GeorgeMcFly 10-18-2007 05:46 PM

Re: Damsel/dragon fly nymphs
give this one a try. Marabou Damsel Nymph Beginning Fly Tying, Part 14 - FAOL

Fishplease 10-18-2007 06:58 PM

Re: Damsel/dragon fly nymphs
Ah yes the stretch tubing damselfly. I've been making that one for quite a while, some with wire as a ribbing, some with lead eyes, even some with chenille as a torso cover in place of pheasant tail.

aroostookbasser 10-23-2007 07:06 AM

Re: Damsel/dragon fly nymphs
YO ... troutbum nice fly dude..... like the biots idea alot. Have to tye some of these...Thanks.

troutbum 10-24-2007 10:09 AM

Re: Damsel/dragon fly nymphs
Thanks,That fly has saved my bacon from many skunking's.
Dragon's are often my "go to" fly when on new water,many dont realize that many species of DF nymphs are available to trout for up to 3 years.
When they are activly migrating I fish this fly unweighted while anchored on a shoal with short jerky strips.When the migration is not happening(almost all year) I add a bit of slip shot and fish it VERY slowly on bottom.
When I first discovered this pattern I was haveing a very poor vacation to Hawthume lake lodge in B.C.I was skunked 2 days in a row while others where doing quite well.Out of desperation I threw on this fly and while re-adjusting my self in my tube,bang!!!25" kamlooper,once I figured out that it was the "catatonic" retrieve that prompted strikes,well I wore my arm out in about 3 hrs.
I have beed tieing and improving the durability of this fly ever since.
Have fun and remember,the key to fishing the "migration" is to anchore on a shoal and retrieve the fly back up the shoal.....oh ya,hold on!
tight lines

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