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Damselfly adults

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:57 pm
by Maniototoflyfisher
December and January had lots of trout jumping out at damselfly adults. Tied up a imitation - taken often enough but hook up poor!
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Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:03 pm
by Dave
Hi David
The Southland Fly Fishing Club included a damsel in its fly tying competition in 2015. The instructions are contained in the August 2015 Ripples newsletter
http://southlandflyfishingclub.org.nz/i ... 015-08.pdf
I have not used it but at least one member has had success in Lake Dunstan.
I have a supply of the string used for the abdomen that I imported to supply to members for the competition if you want to try some.
Dave

Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:33 pm
by Maniototoflyfisher
Finally got back to damselfly dry season ( December and January in Central Otago). "Dave" sent me some metallic string to tie up some flies - and sent me some flies tied to the pattern in the above link. Today I had the first chance to try them on "jumping" trout. Only had an hour to fish and the easterly wind came up soon after I arrived which stopped most jumpers (or made it hard to see them) - had 2 takes and both held -much better hookup than my original tie. Thanks Dave and the Southland Fly Fishing Club

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Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:43 am
by fraser hocks
Great work. Yea they were feeding hard out on damsel nymphs on Dunstan on the weekend. Only a few damsels on the wing, but I bet by this weekend they will be in full flight and the trout leaping for them. Always a fun Spectacle, although not always great catching.

Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:56 pm
by Southshore
Dave wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:03 pm
Hi David
The Southland Fly Fishing Club included a damsel in its fly tying competition in 2015. The instructions are contained in the August 2015 Ripples newsletter
http://southlandflyfishingclub.org.nz/i ... 015-08.pdf
I have not used it but at least one member has had success in Lake Dunstan.
I have a supply of the string used for the abdomen that I imported to supply to members for the competition if you want to try some.
Dave
Hi Dave, I checked out that damsel pattern and it's a good one, far better than the ones I tied for Lake Lyndon in Porters Pass Canterbury, and a lot of thought has gone into it. I never had much success with my damsel and found that the little rainbows preferred a yellow body humpy !. Also had a look at their club web site and that was worth saving to bookmarks. Cheers

Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:28 pm
by Johnno
Best damsel adult pattern I know it’s a size 8 Coch Y Bonddu.

A trick I was taught on the Big O way back in the 1990s or maybe earlier, can’t quite remember now..

Anyways. Cast it out there and wait. The damsels will land on it and a trout will engulf the lot...

First time I saw it I laughed, the second time too.

After the third time I bummed a #8 CYB off the old fella and started to do it too.....

Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:10 pm
by Maniototoflyfisher
Thanks Johnno - will try the CYB - might even do a trial - put a CYB and a Daves damsel side by side!!

Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:13 am
by Johnno
Tonga.

It’s actually a Taupo pattern, but found a home in Canterbury. A pretty bloody good and successful attempt at a damsel adult. 1960’s. Dusty roads, cane rods, the 10.30am Nor’wester kick in.. the Tonga is as Canty high country as they come

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Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:48 am
by Andy W
Johnno wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:13 am
Tonga.

It’s actually a Taupo pattern, but found a home in Canterbury. A pretty bloody good and successful attempt at a damsel adult. 1960’s. Dusty roads, cane rods, the 10.30am Nor’wester kick in.. the Tonga is as Canty high country as they come

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Thats pretty cool Johnno.

Re: Damselfly adults

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:43 pm
by fraser hocks
Yea beautiful tie there Johnno. Will defiantly have to have a go at that one!