Dragon Fly Nymphs for Trout Fishing


here’s a good sampling of some dragonfly
patterns you may want to consider dragonfly nymphs are fun to imitate and
fun to tie starting at the bottom we have the good
old carry special it’s been around for decades
suggestive pattern it still performs well today the next row are some of the
sprawling nymphs generally constructed out of buoyant material such as deer
hair because they’re needed to keep the fly suspended off the bottom as these
nymphs are quite sad entry in nature the top ones that probably this dragonfly
nymphs most fly fishers are familiar with and those are the climbers or
Darner dips these are aggressive and large generally
sizes eight through four and this is the pattern we used today quite successfully
just a full variation of a carry special if you will this is a bunny dragon the
dragon and the butler’s bug all of these flies are excellent Dragonfly nymph
invitations and should be considerations in your fly box especially when using
sinking lines what we’re imitating to here today on
finger Lake located six minutes from Wasilla is our dragonfly names and
dragonfly nymphs we’re imitating the large climbing
nymphs very hourglass shape they get big good two inches plus we’re casting out
using clear intermediate lines letting that line sink down and we’re imitating
how they move and dragonfly nymphs are aggressive predators they stalk their
prey like a cat so we’re using steady hand twist retrieves injures dispersed
with strips because they can take water in through their abdomen and eject it
out their back and scoot through the water the little sort of Mother Nature’s
afterburner systems so we’re using a very retrieve hand twist applauding
along a couple of quick strips to imitate from darting away and the takes
are not aggressive but they’re solid they come in and it’s just as a heavy
weight on the end and an awful lot of head shaking so it’s the ticket so a
varied retrieve as with most still water applications hand twist spurts and twist
and twist spurt keep it varied and see which one the fish like Spencer I’m just trying my favorite not when I
use exclusively as the non-slip loop not so I’ve just tied it overhand not inch
or so above the tag end place the tag end through the eye of the hook take
that tag end back through the monofilament loop draw the fly in the
loop together just like your traditional clinch knot generally the finer the
tippet the more times around back through the overhand loop pull draw it
tight a little bit of moisture to avoid any heat and there you go I just got to
trim the tag end and that fly can swing and move freely good to go nice 45-degree angle that’s when things
have been happening here with this clear intermediate and twisted back see if we
can get a fish to follow and I’d love to come up right at the last second wall up
before my hoping that happens right there kicking weeds every once in a
while so I’m give a couple of quick trips to strip the fly line up through
the water column a little bit skip above the weed tops all there is up yeah he’s out going out
to seat and now he’s taking line back off the drag a little bit yeah he’s uh
oh yeah he’s into my backing though oh yeah this is a good fish Bob this is a
really good fish but he’s into my backing see the orange backing and he is
taken line this is a big this is a quality fish so I want to know if he’s
gonna try and yeah he’s well into my backing here
we may have to drift off and go over to him because my fear is that long-stem
weed that’ll be his next stop as you can still feel them my goodness
got me into the weeds and blew me up that’s fishing
what brings you back here thats brings me back good fish he ran me into the
weeds and that’s the risk you know we’re fishing long stemmed vegetation you can
see it right here this this is gonna happen but actually know what he did he
broke me he eventually pulled to the point and broke me off so he doesn’t
drop the anchor Jim so I was wrapped around this man front the gone well that
was just a dragon nymph a dark one about number six and I think
I’ve got another version here so I think I’ll be and what it is we’ve got Krystal
chenille and a dark olive dubbing still water solutions dark olive green twisted
together over a foam underbody it’s got died olive pheasant rump that
suggests the legs lots of action and a piece of sheet foam that I’ve trimmed
and fold it over the head to form the gape so it’s got a buoyant core to it
and I can skip it through and over the weeds and just a steady hand twist and
that big fish just whacked it so hopefully we’ll go see if we can get his
cousin cuz I don’t think I’ll be getting that fly back anytime soon every Stillwater fly box should include
a selection of dragonfly nymphs the point nature of the foam dragon allows
it to be presented in and around wheat beds and sunken debris here is the
pattern recipe for those interested in adding a few foam dragons to their own
fly boxes

local_offerevent_note February 27, 2020

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