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Chenille Dragon

tied by navigator36
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Western Canada,
Imitation: Dragonflies,
Material List:
Hook- size 6-10 long shank streamer/nymph hook
Thread- 3/0 to 6/0 olive or brown uni thread
Eyes- burnt eyes made from Stretch Magic or jelly cord
Body- light or medium olive chenille
Thorax- olive sparkle dubbing mixed with olive seal dubbing
Rib- olive ultra wire
Legs- mini olive rubber legs
You can always do a brown version which works just as well.
Tying Instructions: 1. Tie in the ultra wire and then the chenille.
2. Wrap the chenille 2/3 up the shank and wrap with
3. Tie in mini rubber legs (six to even ten legs don't seem to make a difference)
4. Tie in mono eyes behind and to the sides of the hook eye.
5. Cement the thread wraps along the cord behind the eyes and along the soon to be thorax.
6. Make dubbing loop and wrap dubbing at the front of the rubber legs and keep going to the back of the eyes. Be careful not to catch those rubber legs on the dubbing while you wrap.
7. Tie off and cut dubbing thread segment behind the eyes.
8. Create the head of the nymph around the eyes by
wrapping thread in figure eight movement and finish off wrapping at the eye of the hook.
A strong whip finish is good.
9. With a dubbing brush, (I use a tooth brush) comb out the thorax and trim slightly to give thorax shape.
10.Cement at the top and around the eyes, behind the eyes, and at the hook eye.
Presentation Tips: This olive pattern represents the second last molt in which the dragon nymph of some species becomes a bright olive green. At this stage, the nymph stands out
quite a bit as opposed to it's previous brownish phase.
This can be fished in any depth of water, preferably
over deeper weed beds with a more active retrieve.
I tie the legs farther back to add to the swimming motion of the pattern as opposed to them sticking out in front.

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