Adult blue damselfly with extended blue body, grey wing and black eyes
During the summer months you will usually see adult Damselflies skimming over the water, the blue ones are the males and olive ones the females. They often congregate over bankside vegetation and water lilies and weeds. The females climb down the stalks into the water and lay their eggs below. These eggs hatch into the nymphs that are sought after by hungry trout and the Damsel fly nymph is one of the most successful of all imitative nymphs eaten by trout.
Just very occasionally, you may see a trout taking an adult blue damsel fly. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, you will not forget it!
This pattern is the result of many years studying trout taking large surface flies and much experimentation in developing this pattern. It has been described as "one of the most closely resembled blue Damsel fly patterns" that the observer had seen. When I first tried this pattern, the trout that fell for it was literally stuffed full of adult damselflies.
The pattern has been tied on light wire Partridge hooks, of which the barbs have been crushed. The blue fluorescent body extends 2cm beyond the hook and a pair of grey wings are tied over the body with black eyes at the head. They are supplied in sets of 3 in a cardboard box and postage is included - £3.95.