Jay Nicholas’ Olive Glass Bead Damsel Fly

Author and fly tyer, Jay Nicholas stopped by the shop to tie an Olive Glass Bead Damsel Fly.

In the spring and summer when the lakes fish best, damsel flies can be a rich and plentiful food source for trout and other still water species. In different colors such as olive, blue, and green you can easily adapt this fly to match your specific hatch.

Much like a Wooly Bugger, this fly uses a palmered hackle and a counter wrapped wire. Using a glass bead instead of brass or tungsten allows the fly to sink slower giving you more control in shallower depths (4-6ft.) where you’d most likely be fishing these flies.


Hook: TMC 5262 Size 8
Thread: Lagartun 150 Green
Tail: Olive Wooly Bugger Marabou Shortened
Body: UW Fine Cooper Wire
SLF Dubbing Olive
Hareline Ice Dub Olive
Hackle: Grizzly Hackle Chartreuse-Palmered

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