Do you love big bluegill?
All this damsel nymph tying of late - THANKS, Jedi Dick - led me to experiment.
Combining the usual materials with whatever was on hand, I came up with a raggedy looking damsel nymph simulation. Considering how shabby it turned out, I'm officially calling it the Wannabe Damsel.
Hook - #12 Nymph Hook
Thread - Olive, 210 Denier flat waxed nylon
Tail - Olive marabou
Body - Woven chenille, Leather brown and Medium Green
Eyes - Bead chain, small
Legs - Green feather quill fibers
Wing case - 1/4" strip cut from grey WalMart plastic bag
I attempted to break up the usual overall olive color seen on these simulations, to create some contrast. I'm a big proponent of the Contrast Concept. In Nature, damsel nymphs are seen in a range of colorings, from tan to nearly black. My attempt is towards a "generic color blend" that can fit a wide range of environments.
The tying was pretty straightforward for this pattern, so I wont go too far into it here. There are any number of similar ones you can model after on the internet, which is just what I did. The technique of weaving two different color chenille strands together has me a bit stumped, but I'll get it eventually.
Here's how the fly ended up:
Pretty rough looking thing, aint it?
This was a simple presentation: Cast, count to three and strip retrieve one foot at a time. Rest for a second between each strip The pond here is shallow and weedy, so you cannot let it sink too deeply. The hook rides up, but I still have to keep it within 18"-24" of the surface.
Fortunately, the fish aren't particular. I could count on a strike within this initial presentation, or not at all. All the strip retrieving in the world thereafter wouldn't change this. So it was cast, count 1-2-3, and three strips. If nothing happened, slowly lift the rod, back cast and do it over again, 2-3 feet further down the shoreline.
Apparently, the "Fly Anglers Theorem," i.e., 'Fish Will Take That Which *Looks* Like Food Under Most Circumstances,' holds true. Several fish took a swipe at the Wannabe, as rough as she is, and three fell to the hook. Here's one of them: