One can spend many hours fly fishing when little activity is apparent. We all have gone through those numerous fly changes to try to find the pattern that matches what trout are feeding on at that moment! There are times, however, when careful observation tells us what to use and then trout action can be furious! Such magic times can occur when damsel fly nymphs are travelling to shore reeds where they will crawl up the reed stem and slowly emerge from their nymph casing as an adult damsel fly. The damsel fly nymphs have a pronounced wiggle as they make their way to the reeds, a wiggle that is very enticing to feeding trout! That is exactly the time to cast a wiggly damsel for great trout action! This month we will examine how to create a pattern that displays a wiggle movement, aided by your retrieve, to really fool large trout in our Western Canadian lakes!
The shank of the trailer hook is cut at the start of the curve, ie, no barb or point, just the hook shank! However, it is easier to tie the trailer hook before cutting as you can place it in your vice like any other fly. As well, before starting the dressing, use about 10 pound test clear fishing monofilament to secure the trailer hook to the main hook using knots as described in the previous months article. Leave very little space between the eye of the trailer hook and the bend of the main hook. Now place the trailer hook in your vice and tie in a guinea hen tail. Next form a dubbing loop with your tying thread and twist a small amount of seal fur in the dubbing loop. Wrap the seal hook bend to hook eye to form the trailer hook body. You can now remove the trailer hook from your vice and using a pair of cutters, snip the hook shank at the start of the curve taking care not to cut any tying thread. Next place the main hook in your vice and make another dubbing loop of green seal fur. Wrap the dubbed seal hook bend to hook eye. The final step is to select a green hackle feather and make a couple of turns at the main hook eye, pushing the feather strands back along the hook body as you tie the hackle down. Cement, tie off and you have finished a great fly to use when damsel fly nymphs are in their shoreward migration!
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