Damsel pattern - here's mine, what's yours?

#3
I call this one the "glass-eyed damsel"

eyes are glass olive beads on 30# mono melted at the ends

tail, abdomen, and thorax olive/brown marabou fibers (keep sparse and just bind it down in the abdomen without twisting or wrapping; twist and wrap for the thorax).

rib is clear, stretch craft lacing.

wingcase is brown swiss straw or similar.

glass-eyed damsel nymph 4.jpg
 
#4
I call this one the "glass-eyed damsel"

eyes are glass olive beads on 30# mono melted at the ends

tail, abdomen, and thorax olive/brown marabou fibers (keep sparse and just bind it down in the abdomen without twisting or wrapping; twist and wrap for the thorax).

rib is clear, stretch craft lacing.

wingcase is brown swiss straw or similar.

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That looks super effective. I like that wing case material!
 

McNasty

Canyon Lurker
#7
not a bad idea. aside from the foam eyes and copper wire mines 100% pheasant rump. i love using all parts of those feathers for tying.
 

McNasty

Canyon Lurker
#10
So, is that pheasant rump dyed black?
nah, just dark in the picture. its the marabou like fluffy feathers toward the bottom for the tail. a filoplume from the feather on a dubbing loop for the body. the shellback is long reddish barbs from a good spey hackle rump feather held down by the wire. the collar is a smaller blueish rump hackle feather. and foam eyes tied in then figure 8 wrapped witht he same feathers used for the tail chopped up and dubbed on thread.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#11
I think we've covered this one before but there's always new folks who haven't seen previous threads..

This simple pattern is still the most productive for me:

 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#12
I'm short on damsels right now, I'd be up for a swap. I like to use Denny Rickards stillwater nymph as a damsel pattern and now that I know how to tie it on a jig hook, I plan to create a balance fly version.