Fly Tying Patterns: Spent Damsel

Spent Damsel - Fly Tying Pattern
  • Hook: Grub Hook #8 - 12
  • Thread: Black or Dark Blue 8/0
  • Detached Body: Blue Antron Wool
  • Body: Blue Seals Fur Sub
  • Wing: Sellotape & Cock Hackle
  • Thorax & Head : Blue Closed Cell Foam

  • Tying Difficulty: Beginner
  • Tied by D. Howard
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Damsels are prevalent on most UK waters during the summer months and fishing a damsel or damsel nymph pattern is usually a sure-fire method of catching trout.

This particular pattern is fished on a floating line as a "spent" damsel (see also our para-damsel pattern). After breeding, damsels fall exhausted onto the water and once the trout notice, top-of-the-water action can be prolific.

The detached body is formed by twisting a 6" piece of antron and allowing it to double back on itself forming a twisted rope and a light coat of head cement gives it some structural stability. The black bars are added by black waterproof ink pen. The wings are created by laying black cock hackle fibres into adhesive tape.