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Dragonfly Nymph

tied by luvinbluegills
Fly Type: Nymphs,
Target Species: not available Freshwater Bass, Panfish, Pike, General Salmon, Striped Bass, Trout,
Recommended Region: Northeast US,
Imitation: Dragonflies,
Material List:
Hook: size 6 (and bigger) weighted
Thread: 6/0 color to match back
Body: light dubbing
Back: Swiss Straw or substitute, about 2 shades darker than the body dubbing, but in the same color family. (eg; pale Green abdomen, dark Green back)
Rib: Copper wire
Legs: Mallard dyed Wood Duck
Eyes: Mono
Tying Instructions: 1. Weight your hook with lead (or substitute) laid alongside the hook shank to 1/4 of the distance from the hook eye. Wrap well with thread.
2. Tie in the Copper wire ribbing about mid-point of the body, sticking out behind. 6 inches should do.
3.Tie in the Swiss Straw at the mid-body point, sticking out past the hook bend at least 1 1/2 times the body length.
4.Thickly dub the abdomen to just beyond the midpoint of the body.
5. Tie in the Mallard flank feather at the point where you stopped dubbing.
6. Continue dubbing to just behind where the head will be.
7. Wrap the Mallard feather several times like you would a dry fly hackle, and tie off where you ended the dubbing.
8. Strike the Mallard fibers down to the sides of your nymph, and pull the Swiss Straw forward, holding it down with one loose wrap of thread.
9. Rib your fly with small spaces on the abdomen, a couple of big segments around the hackle. Be careful to avoid pinning down the ribbing with the wire.
10. Lay the Swiss Straw down and cover it with thread wraps to the eye of the hook. Leave the straw sticking straight out over the eye of the hook.
11. Add the mono eyes just in front of where your dubbing stopped previously. Attach them with "x" wraps.
12. Dub a thick head behind and over the eyes, using the same "x" wraps when building up the head over the eyes.
13. Make one large "jump" with your thread and make a couple of light wraps at the point where you imagine the BACK of the head would be.
14. Fold the Swiss Straw back over the eyes and secure it with thread wraps, still at the back of the head. This is where you'll tie off at and add a little cement if you wish. Securing the thread behind the head adds great protection to the thread wraps.

Presentation Tips: Cast into and along weed beds. Let it sink. Often it's enough to just let it sit there. If this doesn't bring a hit, make short but rapid strips of only an inch or two at a time. Dragonfly nymphs move quickly by spurting water from the tip of their abdomen. When they are just exploring, the crawl slowly along the weeds.
I have had success with this pattern in running water as well as still water, but it truly shines in lakes and ponds.

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