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Adrian 06-01-2005 03:28 PM

damsel suspender

I love to fish surafce flies in any environment. On my local pond and many warmwater areas I see a lot of damsel flies and back in the 'old country' the nymphs werer a popular pattern for still water trout. I would expect them to be consumed in large quantities and wouldn't hesitate to throw one to a big Carp - just as soon as I get the chance. :lildevl:

This one had done very well for me so far. Here's the pattern:

Hook: Orvis curved nymph hook size 8 (code 1510)
Tail: Olive dyed rabbit fur
Body: Olive dubbing
Rib: Oval gold tinsel
Suspender: Small polystyrene ball encased in nylon mesh stocking. Finished off with a coat of loon hardbody to help endurance.
Hackle: Rootbeer, wound parachute style.

This is a real simple pattern to tie and very easy to cast with lighter lines (4-5wt).

flyjkol 06-01-2005 04:34 PM

4-5 weight? just how big of a carp are we talking about :hihi:

great looking pattern Adrian

t_richerzhagen 06-02-2005 09:25 AM

Play them off
the reel. A big carp could be hard on a 4-5 wt.

Dble Haul 06-02-2005 09:28 AM


Is that suspender the same material you use for the boobie flies?

It looks great.

Adrian 06-02-2005 09:40 AM


Yup, same stuff. It's sold as a packaging material. I got a sackful from a company (I think it was XDR something or other ???). Probably enough for a thousand lifetimes for about 12 bucks :smokin:

BigDave 06-02-2005 10:02 AM


Nice ties. Bring some of those to the cape...our pond has been lit up with trout.


Adrian 06-02-2005 10:20 AM

....argh too late for this week-end! :mad:

Came up to Burlington this morning, loaded up for the salt with no F/W gear.

Last season everything just stayed in the back of the car the whole summer - fresh, salt whatever. This year I decided to be a bit more "organized". :roll:

I'll bring some along next time.

SDHflyfisher 06-03-2005 09:58 PM

thats one funny looking booby nymph :hihi:

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