Damsel in Distress

Discussion in 'Patterns' started by floydiology, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. floydiology board to the new

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    I've been playing around with materials to create a lifelike and transparent damsel fly nymph. Now I just need to come up with some legs that I like.


    • Hook: Articulated hook, Rear hook Daiichi 1770 #10 cut off at tail. Lead hook Daiichi 1130 #12
    • Thread: White 8/0 Uni-Thread for thorax
      Olive 8/0 Uni-Thread for thorax
    • Tail: Three olive dyed ostrich herl tips tied splayed.
    • Abdomen: White thread underbody. Black mylar pulled over the back and over wrapped with 1mm wide section of olive think skin.
    • Thorax: Olive tying thread with black mylar pulled over back. Tear drop shape formed with UV cured resin.
    • Wing/Wingcase: Wingcase formed with cutting a section of olive thin skin. This sectio is tied forward and then pulled back over the eyes and secured behind the eyes.
    • Legs: Olive/green dyed mallard flank
    • Head: Olive mono eyes
    • Notes: The articulated section is affixed to the lead hook with .009 monofilament. Several coats of UV cured resin are used to create the head/thorax section. The goal is to create a translucent section. The black mylar strand that is pulled along the back is to mimic the digestive tract of the insect.
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  2. Joe Goodfellow Active Member

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    What kind of resin do you use?
  3. floydiology board to the new

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    I used the loon outdoors thin.
  4. Larry Hardie New Member

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    Awesome fly!
  5. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Whatever you do, don't let that sucker out of the vise. It will crawl up on something, hatch, & fly away. That is art & I am in awe. Thanks for posting.
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  6. floydiology board to the new

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    Thanks Jim, Larry et. al!