Jim Cannon
2 years ago

Natural on right...on left is a lead wrapped underbody with kiley nymphskin overwrap, slf squirrel dubbing and fine rubber legs mixed in dubbing

Bill Trublubug
2 years ago

Perfect silhouette. Great look. Do you find it necessary to coat the lead underbody with superglue prior to the nymphskin overwrap?

Fredrik Eide
2 years ago

Super👍

Jim Cannon
2 years ago

Hi Bill, no I haven't tried that. I wrap pretty tight but on this particular profile a pinch with flat faced pliers makes the body form accurate and not prone to twist. Added benefit is that the flat body produces a distinct wobble during a drift.

Bill Trublubug
2 years ago

Thanks for the answer Jim. I usually use a cutout from a plastic "blister" package for my underbody on the dragonfly nymphs. The wide silhouette/profile does give that wiggle you mentioned. I don't find that lead weight is necessary as the body materials (and line choice) seem to take care of that. I try to fish these just above the weedy bottom. I usually use a sinking line and do the count down method to find the bottom. Once I get weed on the hook point, I countdown 1 second less to get the fly above the weeds. Then it's a lift and drop (keeps that wobble going) retrieve. Would be happy to hear your method for fishing these.

Bill Trublubug
2 years ago

If you like, you can check out another version of this imitation I posted way back when. Just called it dragonfly nymph. It uses chenille for the body wrap. The nymphskin (or some variant of it) looks better. I use this now as well. I've also posted these using a preshaped foam body. These seem to work well when the fish want the nymph just above the weeds or rising to the surface. Again, I use a sink tip and let the line reach bottom. A slow straight retrieve with pauses works best for me. Please share your fishing methods. I'm sure you must have some great ideas to share. Thanks!

Kevin sweet
2 years ago

Looks good Jim.

Jim Cannon
2 years ago

Thanks for the comments Bill and Kevin! Bill - I fish these immediately downstream from "bend pools" where these nymphs drift on their way to climbing out to hatch. I have some good locations where this happens and it seems larger fish are willing to ambush them even without the right "hatch" timing

Bill Trublubug
2 years ago

And the exact location of this secret spot is????? LOL LOL LOL.

Eoghan Nixon
2 years ago

Jim could you tell me how you tied this its realy cool

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