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Hook : TMC 2488 size 12
Thread : Danville’s 6/0 (white)
Legs : 6 lb monofilament
Eyes : 40 lb mono
Abdomen ,Thorax : 40 lb mono
Wing : organza ribbon
Markers : Copic colors 110 (special black), B32 (pale blue)015
The abdomen will be tied as an extended body. Place a segment of 40lb mono in the vise and cut it to measure one inch. Start your thread next to the vise as you would on a hook.
Notice a small space between the segments and how the thread is built up to asinuate each segment.The last segment is made to appear thicker . Once all the segments are formed by the thread wrap the thread back to the vise and whip finish.
After the head cement dries we can add a second color. in this case we will use a Copic marker 110 (special black) to add markings to the abdomen. Then coat the abdomen with head cement to seal this color. Now after the abdomen has dried you can remove it from the vise ,as we prepare the rest of the fly.
For the eyes we will melt a 1/2 inch section of 40 lb mono. With a pair of small tipped tweezers grasp the mono in the middle and heat the ends to form two round eyes connected by the unmelted mono between the tweezer’s tips.
Place a #12 scud hook in the vise and tie on with your thread. The mono dumbell eyes are tied in just behind the hook eye on top of the hook as shown. Once the eyes are tied in place continue to build up the thread between the eyes. This will form our damselfly’s head.
The abdomen is now tied onto the hook . You will have to cut the mono tag so that the start of the abdomen is only 3/16 or 5mm from the back of the eyes.
The thorax of the damselfly is lowest behind the eyes and highest where the wings attach. To accomplish this with mono we will flatten the end of a piece of 40 lb mono . Tie in the flattened section behind the eyes wrapping back over the unflattened section.
Snip off the mono at the end of the thorax . Then prepare the wings by pulling several strands of orgaza ribbon. The wing material is to be tied in on top of the thorax and should extend 3/4 of the length of the abdomen.
The fly could now be finished and fished as is. Or a soft hackle could be tied in just behind the eyes. I prefer to tie on 6 lb mono filament legs for the look and durability. Tie in the legs under the thorax starting just behind the eyes and tie the next two pairs as close as possible to the first pair leaving a small seperation between them. Whip finish and touch up the color.