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Chickabou Damsel


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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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Materials

Hook:Size 10 - 14, 3X long and bend up at the front third.
Thread:Olive
Tail:Olive Chickabou
Body:Olive chickabour
Eyes:Olive or amber monofilament melted eyes
Rib:Brass wire
Legs:Olive chickabou
Head:Olive fur dubbing


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Tying Instructions

  1. Using pliers or the head of the vice, slightly bend the front one-third of the hook up.
  2. 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.
  3. Mount the hook in the vise and layer a base of thread from bend to bend.
  4. Tie on the eyes using a figure-eight wrap and secure with Superglue.
  5. 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.
  6. Tie on the brass wire to the rear bend. Spiral wrap the thread back to the bend behind the eye.
  7. 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.
  8. Wrap the chickabou forward to the bend behind the eye to form the slim body. Tie off and clip.
  9. Counter wrap the wire to the bend behind the eye, tie off and clip.
  10. Mount a small bunch of chickabou feather fibers at the bend behind the eye under the shank. Tie off and clip.
  11. Dub around the eyes to form a head. Build up the thread behind the eye, whip finish, clip and cement.


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