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Blue Damsel Fly

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About the Blue Damsel Trout Flies Fly

The Blue Damsel is often produces dramatic results when fished with short Floating Lines, picking up and replacing often, leaving on the water for only a few seconds at a time.

Creator of this trout flies fly: Roger Butler

Tier of this trout flies fly: Roger Butler

Country of origin for this trout flies fly: Tasmania

This trout flies fly is designed to be fished on Rivers & Streams, Still Water fish


  • Hook : 12. extra long shank.
  • Thread : Blue or green to match the damsel colour.
  • Tail : Cock hackle feather approx 2/3 hook lengths. Dyed madonna blue
  • Body : Peacock herl wound on from tail to 2/3rds toward eye.
  • Hackle : Tie in small, 6-8 cm, blue cock hackle and palmer back to the tail.
  • Ribbing : Yellow silk, or substitute. from tail to end of herl, tying in the palmered cock hackle.
  • Head Hackle : Made up of three different coloured cock feathers, blue on first from end of ribbing, then ginger and last dark green. These should be half as big again as the palmered feather, that is 10-12 cms.. Just tie in the stems as follows, first the blue, concave facing the eye of hook then ginger and dark green with the concave of feather facing the bend.
  • This helps form a side on view cone effect of the fibres and helps travel through the air when casting.
  • Now, wind on blue to the eye leaving a mm or two to finish off. Then wind the ginger through the blue and finally the dark green through both and tie, whip finish.

The end result should be a thick robust hackle that looks iridescent in the sun light. NB. If you reverse the dark green for the blue throughout the pattern and tie on the #10 B800 with slightly larger hackle feathers the end result seems to work well as a dragon fly imitation. Kamasan B410.

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