Inspiration for an upside-down damsel nymph pattern??????

Dave Boyle

Active Member
Many of my flies are tied so crap they swim upside down, sideways etc. It’s why I like chironomids :D

Seriously what I do like about the shot is that a lot of damsel are more yellow than olive and translucent when small. Trout can be really picky when dialed onto a particular colour of damsel nymph.

Dave
 

Preston

Active Member
Not a damsel nymph but still an upside-downer. Ralph Cutter, in his video Bugs of the Underworld, mentions that he often sees midge pupae hanging on the underside of the surface film with their bodies in a u-shape as they provide leverage by pressing the ends of their abdomens against the surface to force their heads through the sticky meniscus. This was one of my efforts at an imitation, and it has worked tolerably well during midge hatches.
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Ron McNeal

I know not the heart of another man.
Not a damsel nymph but still an upside-downer. Ralph Cutter, in his video Bugs of the Underworld, mentions that he often sees midge pupae hanging on the underside of the surface film with their bodies in a u-shape as they provide leverage by pressing the ends of their abdomens against the surface to force their heads through the sticky meniscus. This was one of my efforts at an imitation, and it has worked tolerably well during midge hatches. View attachment 164303
That reminds me of your response to Ralph Cutter's WFF tying challenge related to this "inverted-ness" that centered on emerging midges: http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/threads/chironomid-video.36433/ .........
 

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