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/ Damsel / Dubbing / marabou / Nymph / Turkey /

Extended body Damsel nymph

tied by luvinbluegills
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Target Species: not available Panfish, Trout,
Recommended Region: Northeast US,
Material List:
Thread: Color to match
Hook: 16 to 12 nymph
Body: Dubbing to match, or wrap marabou from body.
Shellback: Turkey or Goose feather, or raffia
Legs/Gills: hackle to match
Body: Marabou to match
Eyes: mono
Tying Instructions: 1. Tie in tail/body of marabou about three or four times the length of the hook. Tie it in at the bend. Tie a bit of thread about 1/4 of the way in from the tail to form the end of the body and the abdominal gills. It may help to wet the marabou a little.
2. Attach your wingcase/shellback material at the same place you tied in the marabou.
3. Now, if you chose dubbing for the body, go ahead and dub it up to just behing the hook eye, snipping the rest of the marabou off. If you choose to use the rest of the marabou feather, wrap it up to jsut behind the hook eye and snip.
4. Add you legs with a wrap of hackle or a few strands of marabou right where you stopped dubbing the body. You want the extensions to be below the body, not all the way around.
5. Now pull over the wingcase and attach at the same place you tied in the legs. Snip excess.
6. Add mono eyes.
7. Dub "x's" over the eyes with a dubbing in matching color to complete the head.
Presentation Tips: This fly works very well on panfish and trout in stillwater and slackwater areas of streams. It's very effective in weedy areas. I tie it in Green, Dark Olive and Brown.

Short jerky strips of maybe 3 or 4 inches is normally the best retrieve. Sometimes, especially with stillwater trout, a dead drift with very slight twitches occasionally, takes care of business.

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