Horny Damsel - Two-Tone
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Horny Damsel - Two-Tone





Fly Pattern: Horny Damsel by Jay Paulson 1. What were you trying to accomplish with this fly design? Or what fishing problem or situation were you trying to solve in designing this fly? One day, on a lake in Eastern Washington, I found some big trout feeding exclusively on mated up pairs of damselflies. They would refuse any single damsel fly pattern. I went back up to the camper and tied a crude double pattern and it worked. Since then, I've refined the pattern to its current form and it has worked from Washington to Argentina. 2. How does your fly solve the problem? This pattern represents the insect in a vulnerable position. When mated up and dapping to lay eggs, the mated up pair is prone to getting blown in the water. 3. How should an angler fish this fly for the best results? (What techniques should be employed when fishing this fly?) You can let this fly sit, twitch it, or even slowly troll it for savage strikes. It also seems to attract bigger fish, especially gluttonous browns. 4. When (what conditions) should an angler fish this fly for best results? Use this fly from late spring to fall when damsel flies are present. 5. Where (what kind of rivers? what kind of water?) should an angler fish this fly for best results? This fly is deadly on lakes and slow-moving rivers. It also works great on spring creeks for those smart, picky fish. 6. Any other information about this fly you would like to share with the general public? One day, on an Eastern Washington lake, this fly accounted for 12 trout -- none under 20 inches! A 4X or heavier leaders is recommended to prevent twist during the cast.