I am unable to get your thumbnail photo to open but appreciate the simplicity of your damsel nymph. Agree: takes are usually far from subtle.A lot of damselfly patterns are complicated. Tied with shellbacks of Swiss straw, wire or tinsel ribbing, curved "swimming nymph" hooks that don't at all capture the snake like twists of the natural, or with trailing shanks attached that are too rigid to mimic the natural.
This simple damsel is tied on an Ahrex FW511 #12 hook or one similar of your choice. The tail is a small bit of olive or tan marabou, about 1/2 an inch cut from the stem, wrapped behind, over top and back again over the extra small brown beadchain eyes tied up front. Trim some of the marabou into 1/2 inch long pieces and dub a couple strands at a time onto the UTC Olive Brown or similar 70 denier thread to match the colour of marabou you use, keeping it thin, and wrap behind eyes to form a tapered head. Trim any stray fibres after whip finishing.
It's important to trim the fibers for the dubbed head from the stem. If you pull it off the stem, you'll also get some of the white stem material which you don't want. Anchor near some reeds and cast towards the centre of the lake and retrieve with a slow hand twist. Takes are usually far from subtle.
Dustin, I see your point. There are a few flies that work on our side of the mountains pretty consistently. I might add the squirmy worm to your list.same stuff different day.
pats rubber leg
spokane river special
chubby chernoble king god dry fly
i live in eastern washington, these are the only river flies i need.