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On the fly: Double "D" (mating damsel)
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

If you've fished during a damsel hatch, you've seen the aggressive nature of a fish pursuing insects. Most often, especially on higher-elevation lakes, you'll not only see the fish hunting down the emerging damsels, but you're likely to see them slashing, slurping and propelling themselves out of the water to snag a tasty adult damsel. Even better, they seem to key in on the mating damsels as they can get the 2-for-1 lunch special.

This pattern for a Double D (mating damsel) is a great one because it floats well, but still keeps to the slender profile of the natural insects. I like to fish it with a damsel nymph dropper for some added insurance, especially before the fish start to really key in on the adults.

Imitation • Mating Damsels

When to use • June, July, August

Where • Most stillwaters

How to fish it • Fish as dry on floating line

Hook • TMC 101 #10

Thread • UTC Ultra thread 70 Denier Black

Body • Rainy's 3/64" Damsel Foam

Wing • River Foam® Wing Material, Clear Speckled

Hackle • Grizzly

Eyes • Rainy's 1/8" Damsel Foam

Tying Instructions • Cut two small pieces of the 1⁄8-inch foam. Use a lighter to slightly warm, then and pinch/roll the pieces to get rid of the sharp edges. Attach the first foam piece just in front of the hook point, using a figure 8 wrap to secure it in place. Take a piece of the body foam, colored with a black sharpie forming the bands, and tie that in directly behind the eyes. Cut and tie in the foam wing on top of the foam tie-in point, leaving about 1⁄8-inch space behind the hook. Tie and wrap the hackle over this 1⁄8-inch space and tie off directly behind the foam eyes. Repeat this process for the next body section, only this time create a loop with the foam body, apply a small amount of super glue to the end of the body and attach it to a point just behind the foam eyes of the rear body section (see the photo and/or video to better show this). Whip finish and color the foam eyes with the black sharpie to add more realism to the pattern. —

Online: See how to tie the fly

Curtis Fry provides a video tutorial at YouTube • http://youtu.be/ozzk_4t1cPo

On the fly • Fish love to snag the natural-looking Double D.
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