Dirty Little Damsel Fly Tying Recipe and Video

Dirty Little Damsel Fly Tying Recipe and Video

Fishing a Damsel hatch can be phenomenal if you can match what the fish are feeding on and this Dirty little Damsel fits the bill quite nicely in my experience. I like to anchor quite shallow, sometimes right on the edge of the weeds and cast these flies over the edge of the drop off and slowly retrieve them in. I will typically fish these on an intermediate sinking line but a slow sink tip or even a full floating line if the fish are feeding in shallow. I like to tie this is a variety of colours to match the insects that come off of different lakes. Different shades of olive are the most common but having a tan or ginger variation is an excellent option. Having a few in a brown or brownish olive can be a lifesaver as well, especially on our local lakes, in and around the Fraser Valley. 

Dirty Little Damsel

Fly Recipe

Hook: Ahrex FW561 Traditional Nymph, Size 12

Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0, Tan

Eyes: Hareline Mono Nymph Eyes, Black or if you want to make your own melt some 30 or 40lb Mono Fishing line

Tail: Wapsi Wooly Bugger Marabou, Ginger

Body: Wapsi Turkey Biot, Tan

Thorax: Hareline Ice Dub, UV Tan mixed with a little bit of chopped up marabou, same colour as the tail

Wing Case: Wapsi Ring Neck Tail Feathers, Bleached Ginger

Glue: Zap-A-Gap


Fly Tying Video


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Sea-Run Fly & Tackle at #110 1140 Austin Avenue in Coquitlam BC.

Good luck on the water.

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