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5 Proven Fall Fly Patterns
– Flip Flop Damsel –
Damselflies are similar to dragonflies, but the adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most damselflies are held along, and parallel to, the body when at rest. Damselflies are also usually smaller, weaker fliers than dragonflies, and their eyes are separated. The life cycle of the damsel includes egg, larva (nymph) and adult stages varying in length from 1 to 4 years.
Damselfly Nymphs are tremendous fall fly fishing patterns. Always in the water, and very active in the fall, damsels are trout candy and it’s wise to ensure they are present and well stocked in your fall fly box!
The Flip Flop Damsel adds an extra twist, literally, to the already proven damsel fly nymph fly patterns. Specifically, the flip flop damsel consists of two parts, joined roughly in the middle, which allows the fly pattern to articulate in a manner quite representative of the natural. For those of you that have seen how damselfly nymphs move in the water you know what we mean. For those that haven’t experienced this phenomenon, trust us these little buggers can dance … and the flip flop damsel fly pattern can make it happen when it needs too! 😉
Intermediate (very slow sinking) and floating fly lines are perfect set ups for fishing damselflies. Slow sinkers can aid in the imitation of the natural as it slowly moves along the lake bottom and floaters better mimic the nymphs more lateral swim in the top portion of the water column. In our age of the indicator floaters are also perfect to hang the damsel static when that’s the presentation preferred.
OK enough said, here’s how to tie the Flip Flop Damsel Leech …….
You can find more detailed information about Damselflies on our everything Damselfly page. 😉