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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.
Fly fishing on the San Juan River can be really good, and it can be really bad. Luckily the day that I had guests with me from FreshSaltFishing it was a good day fishing. We caught 7 browns that day, and most were really good sized. http://youtu.be/nyT4Y9fyBC I am always asked what flies I used to catch fish, so here are the lists of the flies I used, and also links to videos on how to tie them. Slump Buster: https://youtu.be/Pzi6fIDEsNs Simple Annelid: https://youtu.be/LrKL06HTSQY
This is probably one of the more beautiful rivers I have ever fished. It is early in the year, so the trout aren't really feeding to vigorously. The bugs aren't hatching yet, and the real beauty of this river hasn't yet bloomed. I hear dry fly fishing in the spring, summer and fall is amazing! There are some really large browns in this river from what I hear. Also I am quite convinced that there are pike in that small lake after getting bit off twice. I will have to research a bit more to find out if they actually do have pike there. I will be heading back to the Dolores River soon for sure! Honestly I am not sure why they call it a "river" because its really small. Looks more like a creek to me. However maybe it gets wider further down the river. But either way, its very beautiful and peaceful there.