Illawarra Flyfishers Club

Generic Damselfly

Photos and Text by Steve Chatterton

Hook Size 10 extra long shank
Thread Olive
Eyes Burnt monofilament
Tail Rabbit fur or marabou feather fibres
Rib Fine copper wire
Body & Thorax Mohair or dubbing
Legs Oversize hen hackle or rabbit fur
Wing Casing Peacock herl
Weight Lead Wire

Damsels are certainly one of the dominant nymphs taken by trout. Most appear to be shades of olive with some being quite dark and others quite pale.

Tying Instructions


a) Wind on the thread in touching turns from the eye to the bend of the hook. Tie in a tail about as long as the hook shank. 

b) Tie in a length of copper wire.

c) If weighting the fly place the weight as far forward as possible by wrapping on lead or copper wire onto the hook shank. By placing the weight forward the swimming action of the fly is enhanced.



a) Dub on a slim body half way along the hook shank.

b) Wind the copper wire over the dubbed body to form 4 or 5 ribs.

c) Tie the copper wire off and trim.

d) Tie in 4 or 5 peacock herls from the eye of a feather with the wing casing material trailing behind the hook.



a) Bind the eyes into place about 4/5 of the way along the hook shank with figure of 8 wraps of the thread

b) Dub on the back half of the thorax making it thicker than the body.

c) Tie in the hackle just in front of the eyes and pull it down beard style or tie in a small bunch of rabbit fur under the hook. The finished beard should just obscure the tip of the hook.

d) Pull the beard forward temporally and take one or two turns of dubbing to start the thorax then pull the beard back into position and complete dubbing the thorax just past the eyes.

e) Pull the wing case forward over the thorax and tie in directly behind the eye of the hook and trim.

f) Build up the head, whip finish and varnish.