Pattern Damsel Nymphs

FlyOnTheBeach

formally FlyOnThe Beach
#1
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.
 

Dale Dennis

Formally Double-D
#10
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.
 

Blue

Active Member
#11
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

when wet the whole thing wiggles like the nymph does"
 

Thomas Williams

Habitual Line Stepper
#12
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.
Dale I would much like to see an SBS for that pattern. Soon enough damsels will be killin it out there.
 

dogsnfish

Active Member
#13
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.
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#15
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.
 

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