Fly­box fillers

Russ Sy­mons ties up a still­wa­ter pat­tern that re­lies on a bead, move­ment and a hint of flflash for its suc­cess

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Russ Sy­mons ties a Blue-flash Damsel

ONE of my more well-trav­elled friends said to me: “That’s not a Damsel, that is an Olive Dancer.” He could well be right, be­cause the ty­ing method is very sim­i­lar. But this is a flfly that works es­pe­cially well when the skinny blue-bod­ied nat­u­rals are flflit­ting about the fishery. It is fi­fished as a Damsel and it catches ever so well... so what more do you want? Hav­ing said that, we are all aware that there is a myr­iad of Damsel pat­terns out there. It seems ev­ery fly-tyer takes the Damsel theme and does some­thing dif­fer­ent with it. But if it is the right colour with a wig­gly tail and the fi­fish are feed­ing, it is go­ing to catch – and this ver­sion catches par­tic­u­larly well. The blue tin­sel tied into the tail is a rel­a­tively new in­no­va­tion said to en­hance the flfly’s catch­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. There is an­other close vari­a­tion to this pat­tern where the body is ac­tu­ally wrapped with blue tin­sel be­fore the hackle is palmered down the body. It is cer­tainly a bright flfly and I have seen it catch well, par­tic­u­larly on dull days. So, you have the op­tion and they are both good flflies to have in your box. How to fish the Damsel I like to tie up two vari­a­tions of the Blue-flflash Damsel. One has a green metal­lic tung­sten bead and the other is tied with an iri­des­cent green glass bead. There is a good rea­son for this and it is all to do with flfly sink rate and line choice. Most non-com­pet­i­tive an­glers fi­fish their Damsels from a flfloat­ing line. As a gen­eral rule, when the sun is high in the sky the fish are of­ten deeper so use the

“The re­trieve ac­tion can have an im­por­tant part to play in mak­ing the fly work for you.”

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