ADULT GREEN DAMSEL
- Hook - Any wide gap dry fly hook size 12-14 this hook is a Dai Riki 305 size 10.
- Thread - Charteuse 8/0 Uni-Thread.
- Extended Body - Single strand green Aunt Lydias or sparkle yarn of choice, antron or zelon, single strand green Flashabou.
- Thorax - 5/32 inch (4 mm) wide strip of chartreuse closed cell foam.
- Wing - Light bull elk.
- Head - Chartreuse 8/0 Unithread.
Insert the hook in the vise and build a good thread base to the Hook's point.
Attach the yarn and Flashabou at the rear of the thread base.
Twist a 6 inch (153 mm) piece of one half of a strand of green antron with the strand of Flashabou tight and bring the tag ends together. The doubled twisted strand of antron will twist together. Hold together firmly with finger tips and attach the twisted strand at the middle of the hook. Trim the excess.
Trim the 1/4" foam strip to a shallow point. Attach the strip of blue closed cell foam at the body tie off point on top of the hook with the loose end over the hook's bend. Turn the hook upside down in the vise and repeat the step for the bottom half of the thorax.
With tying thread attach 1/2 half pencil sized stacked elk hairs at
the front of the bottom thorax strip and trim the butts close.
Divide the elk hair, pull the lower thorax strip through the elk hair, secure with tying thread at the rear of normal head space and trim the excess close.
Right the hook, pull the upper thorax foam strip to the front of the fly and secure with tying thread at the rear of normal head space. Leave enough of the butt end of the foam strip to form eyes with figure 8 thread wraps when the excess is trimmed.
Whip finish and cement if desired. Color the eyes with black permanent marker.
This Adult Green Damsel pattern is merely an adaptation of the Foam Stone with new material for the twisted body extension. The pattern produces well on rivers and stillwaters where damsel flies are present.
Copyright © Wes Newman 2010
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