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This is one of Dave Hughes favorite Damselfly imitations. It was orignially tied by Henry Hoffman. More information about this pattern can be found in his book Handbook of Hatches.
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|Hook:||Size 10 - 14, 3X long and bend up at the front third.
|Eyes:||Olive or amber monofilament melted eyes
|Head:||Olive fur dubbing
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- Using pliers or the head of the vice, slightly bend the front one-third of the hook up.
- Form dumbbell-shaped eyes using 25- to 50-pound test Maxima leader. Hold the monofilament with a pair of needle nose pliers and melt both ends using a cigarette lighter.
- Mount the hook in the vise and layer a base of thread from bend to bend.
- Tie on the eyes using a figure-eight wrap and secure with Superglue.
- Bring the thread to the base of the bend behind the eye and tie on a tail of chickabou. Bring the thread back to the bend behind the eye.
- Tie on the brass wire to the rear bend. Spiral wrap the thread back to the bend behind the eye.
- Tie on a chickabou feather tip first. Wrap down the shank to the rear bend. Spiral wrap the thread back to the bend behind the eye.
- Wrap the chickabou forward to the bend behind the eye to form the slim body. Tie off and clip.
- Counter wrap the wire to the bend behind the eye, tie off and clip.
- Mount a small bunch of chickabou feather fibers at the bend behind the eye under the shank. Tie off and clip.
- Dub around the eyes to form a head. Build up the thread behind the eye, whip finish, clip and cement.