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Throughout the summer months the large olive-coloured nymphs of the damselfly make up a large part of a stillwater trout’s diet. But while many stillwater trout anglers have used so-called Damselfly nymph patterns, few have used a true imitation.
As the real damselfly nymph swims with a seductive wiggle of its abdomen, it is a good idea to incorporate a degree of movement in its imitation. The easiest way is to use a tail of olive marabou tied reasonably long, so that it has a good action, but not so long that the pattern becomes more like an Olive Tadpole than a proper imitation.
The reason that size is important is because when trout are feeding heavily on the real damselfly nymphs they can prove difficult to catch on oversized patterns. What is required is a fly that still has plenty of movement but is closer in size and colour to the real thing.
This pattern employs a standard wet-fly hook and a marabou tail to create a fly little more than an inch long – which is roughly the size of the real nymph when fully mature.
Hook Size 10-12 wet-fly Thread Olive
Tail Olive marabou Rib Fine gold wire
Body Olive marabou Thorax Olive fur
Hackle Dyed-olive partridge Thorax
cover Dyed-olive pheasant tail Eyes
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