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
Had a read through the catch returns this week, good to see them back. and two things stood out to me, One was the popularity of bloodworm/chronomid patterns, and two, the ubiquitous Yellow Dancer. It seems the fish are starting to turn to natural food sources again after the winter break,but to capitalise on this and the ease with which you can fish a lure like the YD, I thought this pattern might be worth an outing.
Begin by mounting the bead on the hook shank. This can be fiddly, but the main thing to be sure of is that you keep the recessed side of the bead to the back. This not only helps get the bead round the hook bend, it also allows 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
Late February has been unseasonably mild, so it is possible things may not develop quite as we would normally expect. This month's fly is a sort of half-way house. It has a similar profile to the lures we have used in the colder months, but moves a little closer to imitating the kind of animals trout will be looking for once they begin to feed. The addition of the hot head gives an extra point of interest. You can fish this just as you would a lure, relying on it's attractive qualities, or, you can manipulate it better to represent the natural damsel nymph, some of which are free-swimming. Try "sink and draw" along the margins, or rapid changes in speed.
Above all - have fun..