SixPack

Uses

Imitates a damselfly nymph.

Variations

Damselfly nymphs can be in varying shades of olive. Try to match the prevailing natural insects.

How to Fish

Throughout the spring, count-down-and-retrieve, slow retrieve, or wind drift using an intermediate line. Damsel nymphs are not fast swimmers, so a leisurely retrieve is appropriate: a very slow but steady retrieve; or slowly strip in a foot of line, then pause a second or two and strip again. The fly should be somewhere between the weed tops and the top few inches of water.

Once a migration is underway, position yourself near an above-water object (one that damsel nymphs will be swimming towards), cast, and retrieve. Damselfly migrations are in the top few inches of water, just barely below the surface.

HOOK: Large dry fly 1X Fine, 2X Long, Turned-down eye. E.g., TMC 2302 or equivalent. Size 6-10

THREAD: Brown 6/0

TAIL: Olive or gold-dyed pheasant rump hackle tips

BODY: Olive or gold-dyed pheasant rump hackle

COLLAR: Olive or gold-dyed pheasant rump hackle