Archive for July 21st, 2010


Fly Tying: Dragon Fly Nymphs (Stillwater)

I have had great success with a dragon fly nymph while fishing lakes. I have previously mentioned the Fuzzy Dragon, Kaufmann’s Dragon Fly Nymph and the Doll’s Hair Nymph. I have had, equal or superior success on a lake with a dragon fly nymph as with a Woolly Bugger.

So, I noted recently that I am down on my inventory of the little bug eyed gems. So, tonight I am going to tie up a dozen Dragon nymphs and more this weekend. The pattern below is fairly easy to tie with a few sticking points if you crowd the eye of the hook. I picked a blend or earth tones for the patterns, excepting the contrasting ribbing materials. Click on each pic several times to enlarge for details (it’s ok, I can handle the scrutiny and criticism).

Hook: TMC 5263, Size 6

Tail: 2 plumes of grizzly Hoffman Chickaboo, tied bushy and short

Eyes: Plastic Dumbbell eyes tied in with figure 8 wraps to stabilize eyes on top of shank

Weight: Optional. I tie some with lead/titanium and some without. It should get  down to the bottom

Thread: 6/0 black

Body Material: Dark Brown Fuzzy Mohair yarn, wrapped up the shank and around the eyes

Wing Case: In one I tried Turkey feather and in the others bunched dark brown CDC

Ribbing: I experimented with red, tan and copper wire

Hackle: Dark green barred hackle wrapped in around thorax behind eyes

Dragon Fly Nymph Materials (SwittersB)

Red Ribbed Dragon Fly Nymph (SwittersB)

Copper Ribbed Dragon Fly Nymph (SwittersB)

Tan Ribbed Dragon Fly Nymph (SwittersB)

Nothing too fancy here. I enjoy the big eyes and stout body. I search for areas on the lake with the structure of weed lines (edges of weed beds), lily pads and grass lines. Cast the fly in with the appropriate line (sink rate=depth being most frequently fished). I most often use the Intermediate line. The dragon fly nymph is a predator. It stalks, darts, grabs, consumes. I don’t just kick about trolling. Visualize the fly down there and manipulate the fly as if it is a predator. Scuff up the bottom, dart about (short bursts, don’t go crazy) and let it lay. The hits are often sharp and certain. Study the habits and motions of the insects you emulate.


When Donkeys & Whales Fly

“Russian holidaymakers were left shocked after a donkey was forced to parasail off a beach as part of a sick advertising stunt. The animal, braying in terror, soared above the southern village of Golubitskaya while crying children below echoed its screams.” Daily Mail UK (Perhaps the spoiled, pretentious, whackadoodle PETA crowd could put their clothes back on long enough to protest some actual animal cruelty)



“Suddenly I heard my partner shout and when I looked around, I saw the huge thing breaching on to the deck.” NYPost

I can recall heading back into Sitka Sound and an enormous whale came toward us at least a half mile away, breaching a good half dozen times and then passed beneath our 24′ boat. The large creature churned an aqua blue-green, glowing shroud around its’ enormous length as it passed beneath us….we all stood steady and held our collective breath. Most impressive!


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