Squirrel Damsel Nymph

Buggy and Super Slim

When it comes to cruising fish that are feeding during a heavy damsel hatch, thin is the name of the game.  Curtis and I were fishing a good damsel hatch this summer, and we watched big fish after big fish come up to our flies only to window shop them and turn away.  We learned the hard way that our flies were probably too thick and they didn't have enough movement.  Singe that trip, I have racked my brain and I've come up with lots of different variations that are anywhere from really complicated to super simple.  This fly is kind of in-between and has just enough buggy properties and a long wiggly tail.  This one is completely weightless, and is designed to be fished near the top of the water column, and it can also be tied in darker olive and tan.  Best of all is that it's just simple enough to crank out several dozen before your next trip!

~ Cheech

Material List
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Hook: Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph - 12
Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Red
Eyes: Maxima Chameleon Leader Material - 30 lb
Tail: Wooly Bugger Marabou - Olive
Dub 1: Whole Pine Squirrel Skins - Fl. Chartreuse
Dub 2: Ice Dub - Olive Brown
Ribbing: Midge Sparkle Braid - Rootbeer
Hackle: Whiting Red Label Hen Saddle - Grizzly Dyed Yellow
Optional Hackle: Whiting Brahma Hen Saddle - Mottled Gray Dyed Golden Olive
Optional Eyes: Sunset Amnesia Line - 20 lb - Red

Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise
Loon UV Infiniti Light
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool