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Dragonfly Nymph

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#1 McFlyLures

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:37 AM

Dragonfly and damselfly Nymphs are tasty snacks for may fish species. They are larger than many other aquatic bugs and therefor fish are more willing to move out of their hole for one. Many say an olive wooly bugger is a fly that can mimic a dragonfly nymph and I don't disagree. But where you want something more true to the look of a dragonfly nymph, I find there aren't a whole lot of popular patterns out there. Not saying they cannot be found, and you will always find a few at a fly shop. But when you search for them online, you find some samples of what people have tied, but not really any staple patterns. This I believe is because the vast majority are tying something that is too difficult to create at quantity. You can maybe bust through 5 an hour on a bench and that just isn't fast enough to effectively fill a box for most people. I designed this fly with that in mind. I wanted something simple, and easy. The body will be automatically built in both taper and the right width using just a single marabou feather. It also forms the tail. Same thing with the head and thorax of the fly, simple techniques and quick, easy ways of tying in the materials that are quite simple. So I hope you guys like this, and I hope it becomes a staple in your box especially during the times of year your local river or lake are holding dragonfly nymphs.


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#2 Mark Knapp

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 01:01 PM

Very nice, I'm giving it a try.



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Posted 10 January 2020 - 08:38 PM

Very nice, I'm giving it a try.


Thanks! Tell me how it does for you

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#4 Mark Knapp

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 09:07 PM

I can tell you how it ties for me but I won't be able to tell you how it fishes for me until May. That's when the water gets soft again up here. I will try them through the ice too but I think fly fishing them will be a great lot of fun. Thanks.



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Posted 10 January 2020 - 11:22 PM

I can tell you how it ties for me but I won't be able to tell you how it fishes for me until May. That's when the water gets soft again up here. I will try them through the ice too but I think fly fishing them will be a great lot of fun. Thanks.


For sure man. Take your time, tell me in May. I hope they bring you some good luck! :).

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