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Olive Marabou Damsel Fly Image

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 weed beds 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.

Tying Instructions

Take a 2mm chain bead for the eyes and secure using a figure of eight whipping on the hook shank, leave enough space between the eye and the bead for a neat head later.

Take the tying thread down the hook shank, catching in some gold wire as you go.

Take a bunch of olive marabou and add two strands of Krystal Flash, secure this to the hook shank, leave the ends of the marabou for later to create a nice level body.

Dub some olive marabou fibres to the thread, and create a nice even body up to the thorax.

Catch in 6 pheasant tail fibres for the thorax cover.

Dub some more olive marabou fibres to the thread and build up the thorax.

Catch in an olive partridge hackle and wind sparsely, secure and trim the waste.

Wind the thread onto the head area, pull the 6 pheasant tail fibres forward and secure at the eye. Build up a neat head, whip finish and varnish.

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