By now most of you have likely seen the video, "Damsels in Distress", that Simon Perkins shot of brown trout feeding on adult damselflies. We posted it a few days ago after seeing it elsewhere, and it has gone viral in fly fishing circles the past few days. It's an awesome video of the stuff most of us can only dream of seeing in our lifetime; large trout feeding aggressively on damselflies flying just above the water surface. Orvis then asked Tim Flagler if he would produce a fly tying video showing how to tie an adult damselfly to compliment the video. And so he did, with me tying a tried and true pattern that I have tied for clients for about 20+ years, and with which they tell me has worked well for them not only in the US, but also in Argentina and New Zealand.
Hook: Dai Riki #305 size 10
Thread: 3.0 Light olive Danville monochord
Extension: Olive deer body hair
Thorax: Peacock herl
Wing case: Dark green antron
I used to use grizzly hackle for this fly, and you still can. But I have found that the Coq- de-Leon works better since it has long, stiff fibers and the stems on the feathers are very thin and strong, so it wraps very well, as you can see in the video.
I have only been lucky enough to encounter trout feeding on adult damselflies a couple of times, and only on waters in Yellowstone Park. There I used this pattern tied with black thread, a blue deer hair body extension, and black antron for the wing case. And it worked well.
Sharpen your hooks.