The Lancer Damsel

Curtis - September 25, 2017

In the past couple of years, we've run into more and more situations where fish are feeding on damsels both in shallower waters as well as closer to the surface, so I've worked more on my weightless slower sinking damsel patterns. Besides this one, Cheech will be turning loose a tutorial on a one-inch-below-the-surface-sinking damsel in the next while that's a game changer for fish targeting damsels swimming literally just below the surface. In the meantime, this one will sink a bit faster but still not quite as fast as a bead-headed pattern.

Oh, and the name...if you fish with Lance Egan, you'll learn pretty quickly that he's brokered some deal with the devil and the fish enough to make anyone feel like a noob on the water. This style pattern with the pheasant tail abdomen is a reference to his style of Frenchie nymph. More-so the theory that pheasant tail fibers possess a certain magical power for catching fish, so I've been using them a lot more lately.

Case in point, the fish shown here was taken during a relatively light damsel hatch where my normal beaded patterns were sinking too quickly and getting caught up on weeds or moss. I threw on the Lancer Damsel and caught this guy on the first cast. Check out the materials for the video below...

Material List
  • Tail: Nature's Spirit Grizzly Marabou - Olive
  • Body: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Olive
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Gold - Small
  • Body: Veevus Pearl Tinsel - Medium
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Amber - Small
  • Thorax: Ice Dub - Pheasant Tail
  • Hot Spot: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp Pink
  • Wing Case: Thin Skin - Olive
  • Legs: Nature's Spirit Premium Partridge - Olive
  • Wing Case: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
  • Eyes: Maxima Chameleon Leader Material - 25 lb
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Ice Dub
Ice Dub
Ice Dub

Ice Dub

$3.50
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Small

$1.75
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

$4.99
Maxima Chameleon Leader Material
Maxima Chameleon Leader Material

Maxima Chameleon Leader Material

$4.95
Veevus Pearl Tinsel
Veevus Pearl Tinsel

Veevus Pearl Tinsel

$3.99
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin
Thin Skin

Thin Skin

$2.45
Nature's Spirit Premium Partridge
Nature's Spirit Premium Partridge

Nature's Spirit Premium Partridge

$5.50