One of the most popular trout lake and reservoir lures in the UK and Europe. The damselfly nymph comes into its own in summer months when main feeding occurs. Try the edges of weedbeds for trout patrolling close in for this food.
In summer months when the mass migration of Damselfly nymphs occurs, use a floating line and long leader with a slow figure of eight retrieve or a series of short twitches. The rest of the year can produce using an intermediate or sinking line with a varied rate of retrieve.
Take the tying thread down the hook shank to a point opposite the barb.
Catch in a bunch of black marabou. Cut the ends so that they taper towards the eye and secure with thread.
At a position opposite the barb, catch in a bunch of black pheasant tail fibres (This will create the thorax and body cover).
Dub the Glister dubbing to the thread and start building a neat tapered body. (This is the lower part of the body, only proceed up to 2/3 of the body length)
Take a bunch of black cock hackle fibres and catch in to form the bearded hackle.
Pull the pheasant tail fibres forward and lay them over the back, secure with thread at the area that the beard was secured. (Do not trim these yet as they are to be used for the front part of the body)
Continue creating the top part of the body towards the eye. (Make sure enough space is left in front of the eye to create the head)
Pull the pheasant tail fibres forward and lay them over the head, secure with thread.
Build a neat head, whip finish and varnish.