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.
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.
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!
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
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