Today we are checking out the Camo Damsel, tied by Steve Cullen. The damsel is a fly that is closely related to the dragon fly and when you see a torrent of electric blue damsel flies darting around the surface, that's when you'll know it's the start of Summer. Damsels are a big part of a Trout's diet and if you are lucky you can sometimes catch Trout, leaping out of the water to grab low flying damsels. However, the aquatic nymph form of a damsel is what trout feed on the most. The nymph form of a Damsel is a rather slow swimmer and this makes them ideal prey for a hungry Trout. Furthermore, unlike dragon fly nymphs, which propel themselves forward by forcing water out of their backside, damsel nymphs rapidly move their abdomen and wiggle their tails to achieve propulsion!
It's recommended that anglers try and replicate this movement by doing long retrieves, followed by a pause. Remember to also lift your fly slowly, because there could be a trout following your fly, ready to strike at an escaping damsel! Get a few of these ready in your fly box, they'll provide results!
All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Camo Damsel, with the guidance of Steve Cullen.