Lake Dragon

 

Recipe

HOOK: TMC 5263, sizes 6-10; weighted, with lead flattened in rear half

THREAD: To match abdomen

EYES: Plastic eyes

TAIL: Marabou to match abdomen

RIB: Copper wire

ABDOMEN: Olive dubbing

WINGCASE: Turkey

HEAD: Olive Haretron to match abdomen

 

Uses

Imitates nymphs of dragonflies. Dragonfly nymphs live up to three years before hatching into adults. Trout don't get to eat them very often, but they make a big, juicy meal when they are encountered, so the sight of a cruising dragonfly nymph can catch a trout's interest.

Dragonfly nymphs come in two main varieties: climbers and sprawlers. This pattern imitates the former.

 

Variations

Olive, olive-brown, and brown are the usual shades of the natural insect.

 

How to Fish

Use a count-down-and-retrieve presentation. Move the fly in short strips with a pause between each strip.

 

 

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