Saturday, April 23, 2011
Tying The Damsel Nymph
When tying damsel imitations a few key points should be made. The fly should have movement, the right size and profile (think slender), and the right buoyancy to keep the fly in the strike zone. The foam keeps this fly right under the surface in that 1-2 foot water column. You can also just let this fly sit and rest just like the natural does without fear your fly is going to drop like a rock to the bottom. When it comes to color these nymphs change as the aquatic vegetation does to camouflage themselves from predators. Early in the season the weeds are dark so damsels will be a light coco brown or a brown olive. Mid season more olive and green tones. Late season pale olive to tan works well.
This damsel nymph will never leave you in distress!
Hook: Tiemco 2457 #12.
Tail: Jay Fair marabou.
Body: Jay Fair marabou dubbed on thread.
Head: Closed cell foam.
Eyes: Larva Lace body material.