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Easy tie Damsel

How to tie a simple Damsel Nymph pattern that is very effective in early summer


Simple, but effective, from early summer onwards... or in saltwater!
Simple, but effective, from early summer onwards... or in saltwater!
The materials.
The materials.
Step 1 Place bead on hook, secure hook in vice, catch in UV butt, wind on and secure, seal with UV varnish.
Step 1 Place bead on hook, secure hook in vice, catch in UV butt, wind on and secure, seal with UV varnish.
Step 2 Catch in thread above UV.
Step 2 Catch in thread above UV.
Step 3 Catch in light olive marabou tail above UV.
Step 3 Catch in light olive marabou tail above UV.
Step 4 Trim off waste marabou and secure with thread.
Step 4 Trim off waste marabou and secure with thread.
Step 5 Tie in 4 strands of thread over tail for added sparkle. (NB: prepare these before tying in thread for body).
Step 5 Tie in 4 strands of thread over tail for added sparkle. (NB: prepare these before tying in thread for body).
Step 6 Form body with thread.
Step 6 Form body with thread.
Step 7 Secure body with UV-cure resin.
Step 7 Secure body with UV-cure resin.
Step 8 Prepare thread for tying in spun dubbing thorax.
Step 8 Prepare thread for tying in spun dubbing thorax.
Step 9 Insert desired amount of Olive Glister into dubbing 'loop'.
Step 9 Insert desired amount of Olive Glister into dubbing 'loop'.
Step 10 Spin dubbing loop tightly, then wind on dubbing loop thorax.
Step 10 Spin dubbing loop tightly, then wind on dubbing loop thorax.
Step 11 Secure loop with thread and trim off waste. Whip-finish, but don't cut thread away just yet.
Step 11 Secure loop with thread and trim off waste. Whip-finish, but don't cut thread away just yet.
Step 12 Take varnish and place on thread before making a second whip-finish, ensuring fully secured and head is protected.
Step 12 Take varnish and place on thread before making a second whip-finish, ensuring fully secured and head is protected.

Everyone’s got a Damsel pattern in their armoury, or to be more exact probably several of them, but how many of them are simple to tie, but deadly in effectiveness? Not so many, but this one is.

It's a simple tie with all the trigger-points of more complex Damsel Nymph dressings as well as being versatile enough to be used on a host of different scenarios: from stocked fisheries, to wild lochs and running water. And in fact – believe it or not – it’s actually 'not too shabby' as a saltwater pattern, either!

I like this dressing as I feel the addition of a tungsten head over the more general brass bead helps add a little more to the action of the fly on the retrieve, as well as the obvious increase in sink-rate helping you get down to the fish quicker. That said, the sink-rate increase might be minimal, however you might want to note that tungsten will continue to drop between ‘pulls’ so be careful you don’t end up fishing too deep.

My favoured style is to use this fly on a floating line, which helps control the depth somewhat, and I love fishing it alongside weed-beds or over drop-offs. In a big wind, it can make an excellent ‘tail’ (point) fly and act as an ‘anchor’ to the team of flies, helping you work a ‘dibbled' bob-fly through the waves with fantastic control and great action.

Wherever saltwater baitfish are congregated, this colour and flash can be pretty effective, as often there is a predominant olive base-colour to the small prey fish, making this fly fit the bill perfectly, although a switch to a saltwater hook, such as Partridge CS52 Sea Prince, might help the fly last a little longer!

Liddle Damsel
Hook: Sprite S2175 Barbless Competition Wet, size 8  – 12.
Bead: 3.3mm gold tungsten bead (adjust bead size to suit either fly size or desired sink rate, another variation is to vary the bead colour).
Butt: Semperfli Cheeky UV chartreuse.
Thread: Semperfli golden olive Micro Glint thread.
Tail: Light olive marabou with 4 strands of golden olive Micro Glint over top.
Body: Tying thread under UV varnish.
Thorax: Dubbing loop of Olive Glister (Veniard).

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