This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Diving Damsel nymph.
I learned about the Diving Damsel nymph from a customer who contacted me to tie up a few custom flies. He had saved an article from the March/April 1997 edition of American Angler magazine. The article title was Designs on Damsels by John Shewey.
I smiled when I read the article because I know John. He is a terrific fly fisher, fly tyer, and author. In fact, I have several of his books and constantly recommend them to others. I thought it was ironic a customer from the mid-west would contact me to see if I could tie the three nymphs John wrote about.
The three damsel fly nymphs were very similar, but offered a little different version on each. The other two are the Wood Duck Damsel nymph and the Damp Damsel.
I’ve linked to the Diving Damsel nymph fly pattern sheet. I’m almost finished with the order and will post the two other fly pattern sheets after tying the flies and getting my camera out to take a few close-up images.
I always enjoy fishing damsel fly imitations, be it nymph or dry. I tied a few extra for my lake box.