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Old 04-23-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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While fishing Diamond Lake last year, I found these in fish I caught. What are they? What pattern should I use to replicate them? How do you fish it?

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Old 04-23-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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Dragonfly nymphs. http://www.west-fly-fishing.com/ento...ragonfly.shtml

Use a sinking line. Let the fly sink down to the bottom. Do a couple of short fast strips then pause, repeat. Or crawl it along the bottom. You can also use a floating dragonfly nymph pattern with the sinking line to keep it above the weeds.

Here's my pattern
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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Dragonfly nymphs. http://www.west-fly-fishing.com/ento...ragonfly.shtml

Use a sinking line. Let the fly sink down to the bottom. Do a couple of short fast strips then pause, repeat. Or crawl it along the bottom. You can also use a floating dragonfly nymph pattern with the sinking line to keep it above the weeds.


The traditional fly for imitating a dragon fly nymph is a Carey Special. I have been successful with several different soft hackle flies tied similar to a Carey Special.

Presentation is everything. Get the fly down and use either 4-6 inch jerks or a slow one foot pull.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:04 AM   #4
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Ding, ding, ding............winner, winner, chicken dinner!
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Old 04-24-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
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I found this guy hatching last spring after it climbed up on my tube.
It was pretty cool watching it break out of its schuck. Wise I had been able to find my camera sooner......
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:34 PM   #6
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The bug itself is called a helgramite. It is I think a dragonfly nymph as someone else said. They are killer in Crain Prairie.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:45 PM   #7
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Is there any difference between a dragon fly and damsel fly? Other than color and obvious variations.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:01 AM   #8
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Is there any difference between a dragon fly and damsel fly? Other than color and obvious variations.
Yes, they are related but very different. Adult damsel flies hold thier wings over their backs, have very skinny bodies and are smaller than dragons. Adult Damsel flies are most commonly bright blue. Dragon flies hold their wings straight out to the sides.

Damsel fly nymphs are very thin and move by swimming. They almost look like tiny minnows when swimming. Dragon fly nymphs are stout and propel themselves by expelling water with sort of a jet propulsion system.

Take a look at the Damsel fly nymphs in this link: http://www.west-fly-fishing.com/ento...amselfly.shtml
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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A fly that's easy to tie and has been VERY effective for me is a Runge's Turd.

I hope that's OK to post, that's what it's called. It's kind of a fuzzy Carey Special.
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:32 PM   #10
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Anyone think this is a good dragon fly nymph immitation?


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Old 05-01-2012, 07:21 PM   #11
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Make sure you use a pretty good tippet because the hits on these are pretty hard -- I bust off 5X or 6X tippets pretty easily. I use 4X or sometimes 3X tippets for these flies and long leaders on full-sink lines. Love damselfly nymphs -- I fish them about three-fourths of the time on lakes in the Spokane area.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:20 PM   #12
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Yup, when I'm "finesse" fishing at Crane I'll use a 3X. 2X in the trees and at Klamath Lake. Obviously this is with size 6 & 8 flies. Damsels get 4X, Chironomids.......
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