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  1. Hey Scott - I like this one. It would imitate emerging Chironomids quite nicely and as you mentioned, it could be tied in smaller sizes. I will have to experiment with variation on this style at my local lakes. Cheers, Rob
  2. troutracker, Thanks for your recipe. I bought some blue foam sheet a few years back with the intention of working up a few different adult damselfly patterns to try. Your post has inspired me and provided some good patterns to try out. My experience with trout consistently taking adult damsels was at a mountain lake with steep drop-offs along the shoreline and lots of overhanging shrubbery. Lots of adult damsels were resting on the shrubs along the lake-shore and the rainbow trout were jumping up and grabbing the adults right off the bushes. In some cases fish were clearing the water by a couple of feet to pluck bugs from the bushes. sometimes the fish would miss but knock the damsel onto the water where it would circle back and take it from surface. If I did not see it for myself, I would not believe it.
  3. Good point chugbug27 - I do find that the the pre-hatch nymph activity can provide more action than the hatch itself. Here is the fly selection I carry. The nymphs are tied in simple Hare's Ear style (but a bit chunkier) using olive-brown rabbit dubbing. For the emergers, I replace the wing case with a tuft of deer hair and the tail with olive antron. When I fish the emerger, I apply floatant to the deer hair only and spit on the rest of the fly - this makes it hang in the surface film.
  4. Green Drake hatches should be starting up any time on our local freestone streams. Drunella doddsii (adult dun pictured here) is most common but we also have Drunella grandis on a few of the spring creeks in the area. I prefer to fish this hatch with an extended body green drake parachute in medium olive when the fish are keyed in on the adult duns waiting for their wings to dry.
  5. Here is a photo of the adults in copula. This hatch is just getting going in our neck of the woods.
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