Hot Head Damsel
- Head: Gold bead/hot orange bead
Body: Tying thread
Hackle: Olive hen
Rib: Gold wire
Tail: Olive Marabou
Tying thread: Olive
Hook: Size 10 - 12 long shank/lure
Another relatively easy fly to tie, the fiddly part is getting the bead on the hook first. once you have done that, it's all pretty basic. Just make sure to put thhe bead on with the recessed part to the bend. This not only helps get the bead round the hook bend, it also allows the the dressing to be neatly "snugged" in behind the bead.
Once the bead is in place, you can tie on your thread in the usual way. Run it down to the bend and tie in a length of gold wire. Run the silk back to the bend and add a good bunch of olive marabou fibres. Set the stubs of the fibres well along the hook shank leaving a little space behind the bead for a hackle., This will give a good volume to the body. You ca dub the body with a suitable material if you like, but the pattern illustrated just used tying thread, relying on the marabou stubs for bulk. Tie in the marabou and take the silk back to behind the bead, in touching turn. Rib the body with the gold wire, tie off and remove the waste.
Prepare a suitable olive hackle, - some people like to strip one side of the hackle at this point to make a neat collar. Tie in the hackle and make two or three turns behind the bead. Finish off with two or three half-hitches, tight in behind the bead.
Fishing the Fritz
In past years for July we have iften featured one of the bigger dry flies like a sedge, with a view to evening surface fishing, but reports from the fishery have mentioned a lot of damsel activity so...
Fish this on an intermediate line, try counting down to different depths until you get some interest. Retrieve should be "sink and draw" as you imitate the nymph swimming towards the bank. Keep an eye open for the bright blue adult damsel flies. Aside from being great to watch, they are a clue to how much nymph activity may be going on below the surface.
Above all - have fun..