Damsel Nymphs

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  1. FlyOnTheBeach

    FlyOnTheBeach formally FlyOnThe Beach

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    I have been tying and filling up the fly boxes for spring. I am going to be tying some Damsel Nymphs and have seen tons of variants out there. Seem slike a lot out there and some are overcomplicated. Just looking for something solid, simple and productive. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Gary Knowels

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    Another vote for Kaufmann's damsel; real effective pattern on the Blackfeet Reservation lakes. About as simple to tie as they come.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  5. FlyOnTheBeach

    FlyOnTheBeach formally FlyOnThe Beach

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    Thanks for the help. I will tie em' both. Can't go wrong.
     
  6. Norm Frechette

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    Norm,

    That's an awesome vid; thanks for the link.

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    Here's my version of Dale Dennis' Damsel Nymph pattern. Perhaps a bit more complicated than need be but I like it a lot and it has proven to be pretty effective.
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  10. Dale Dennis

    Dale Dennis Formally Double-D

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    Great tie and thank you Preston, it has been the go too for some time I’ve considered doing a tying video of the pattern. I plan to demo it at the FFF fly tying fair this spring as well as the North Idaho fly tying expo in Lewiston in March.
     
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    I do one similar to the marabou that Gary posted. I use a small scud hook and don't clip the second batch of marabou.
    note: Ostrich works too, but will fade in the sun
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    when wet the whole thing wiggles like the nymph does"
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    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    Dale I would much like to see an SBS for that pattern. Soon enough damsels will be killin it out there.
     
  13. Dave Evans

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    Boy, Preston's looks like a winner. I just looked and I have 9 different damsal nymph patterns in my lake box, and I am still looking for "the one." I was fishing a lake last year and looked down and could see a dozen of the little suckers swimming by my tube. That taught me that most of my patterns were too dense or complicated. I had a lot better luck with I simplified and cut down on material.
     
  14. GAT

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    I too have many different styles of damselfly nymph patterns but this simple guy works best for me:

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  15. Jeff Dodd

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    This is a great thread with cool patterns. I just complete one of Hans damsels and then find Dale's damsel posted! I will do that one tomorrow. i missed that class dale...

    Then GAT puts up a nice quick tie damsel. I will be on this for a while!

    What sizes do most use? I find my ties are generally larger than the naturals I see, so I remind myself to keep them small and slender.