Marabou Damselfly

Created by Randall Kaufmann



HOOK: 3X long curved shank; e.g. TMC 200R or equivalent. Sizes 8-12

HEAD: Gold bead (optional)


TAIL: Short olive marabou

RIB: Fine copper wire

ABDOMEN: Olive marabou. Tie-in butt ends and wrap forward; use fine ends to make wing.

WING: Short olive marabou or leftover tips from body wrap. Tear off excess until it's the right length. A few strands of Krystal Flash may help the fly be more effective.



Damselfly nymphs can be very numerous in lakes, and represent a sizeable meal to a trout; the nymphs may also be found in slackwater portions of some rivers.

Nymphs are active throughout the spring. In July, they migrate to above-water objects such as standing timber, rocks, and the shore. Adults emerge out of the water. After July, most mature damselfly nymphs have hatched, so trout are no longer expecting to see them.



The most common body colors are olive and yellow-olive. A beadhead is sometimes helpful, but in some waters and situations it will make the fly sink too fast.


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.



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