Blue Flash Damsel Variant

In my last post I mentioned my success with a variation of the Blue Flash Damsel nymph. I personally wouldn’t call it a nymph as it is more of a olive streamer with a gold bead head. The main change that I have changed is that I have used a material from the Fly Tyers Dungeon called Kracken Enhanced dubbing. This dubbing has rubber legs which give the fly more life than the palmered hackled of the original and a pearl glister.


I tied this fly on size 10 and 12 3x nymph although this can be changed to suit your waters. I also suggest changing the colour to suit as well (depending on the colours of dubbing available), When it comes to the tail, the marabou can be adjusted by pinching the ends of. Blue holographic flashabou type material is used in the tail (not much, 2 or 3 strands tied in and bent back and tied down. The same material is used as the rib.



The Beady-Eyed Damsel nymph

Its that time of year again, the one where the Trout fishing starts and the Grayling take a break. Its also the time when I finish winter projects such as tying for others and fly swaps. Todays subject is the Beady-Eyed Damsel nymph which I have just done for a swap. I haven’t tied or fished these for a while so took the chance when the swap came up on the vfb mail list. The web site may be gone but the list still lives. I changed a few things!

The tail now is tied with the fluffy stuff at the base of the partridge feather which is normally thrown on the floor in the bin. The wing case as now changed to olive shell back material, much stronger than the previous feather wing case. The other change was the tying thread, on the old version I used olive thread but this time, I chose monofilament or in my case invisible thread from the craft/sowing shop. Its basically the same thing and cheaper which means I can use it more. This stuff appears to come in different strengths, even more if you include the mono from the fly shop (or just a plain simple fishing tackle shop).

The materials required are-

Hook- 8-12 nymph hook (your choice)

Thread- Mono (fine)

Tail- The fluffy waste (plus a few mottled fibres) from a dyed olive English partridge feather

Body- Olive Sparkle blend (I used umpqua).

          Olive ostrich herl is wound along the body as a rib and gold wire
          is also used as a rib but in the opposite direction to try to add some 
          protection to the herl.
Thorax- Same as body dubbing
Wing case- Dark olive scud back. Tied in over the eyes and then pulled back over the fly so that small wing buds are left over the body when the waste is cut of.
Hackle- Dyed olive grey English Partridge, wound before the wing case is pulled over.
Eyes- Pearl strung beads from the craft shop, coloured after the fly is finished with water proof pen.
Notes- Damselfly nymphs come in other colours such as brown, olive brown, etc so the colour of the imitation can be changed to match the nymphs in your waters.