Balanced Damsel 2.0

Curtis Fry - May, 2018

It's been a while since I first wrote about one of my favorite damsel patterns, the Belly Flop Balanced Damsel. In the meantime, I've been fishing them a lot and, more importantly, tweaking the design for more simplicity as well as efficiency in tying. What I found is a pattern that is just as effective but takes a lot less time to tie. As mentioned in the video below, these can be fished under and indicator as well as stripped on any number of sinking lines of your choice. It's definitely accounted for a good number of fish on local stillwaters this year so far and my Balanced Damsel section of the box has grown even bigger. Give it a try!!

Material List
  • Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 10
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Burnt Orange
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Olive - 1/8" (3.3mm)
  • Tail: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Fl. Damsel Nymph Olive (UV)
  • Tail Flash: Midge Flash - Rootbeer
  • Dubbing Mix: 1: Ice Dub - Golden Brown
  • Body 2: Arizona Simi Seal - Canadian Brown
  • Body 3: Arizona Simi Seal - Canadian Olive
  • Under-Body: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - Large
  • Eyes: Maxima Chameleon Leader Material - 30 lb
  • Tools Used: Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool, Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner, Tiemco Dual Whip Finisher, Tiemco Razor Scissors,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Ice Dub
Ice Dub
Ice Dub

Ice Dub

$3.50
UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier

$1.99
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

$8.95
Arizona Simi Seal
Arizona Simi Seal
Arizona Simi Seal

Arizona Simi Seal

$2.75
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

$3.95
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool

Stonfo Comb & Brush Tool

$9.50
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors

$6.50
Maxima Chameleon Leader Material
Maxima Chameleon Leader Material

Maxima Chameleon Leader Material

$4.95
Mirage Tinsel - Opal
Mirage Tinsel - Opal

Mirage Tinsel - Opal

$1.65
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner

Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner

$17.99
Midge Flash
Midge Flash

Midge Flash

$4.99
Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher
Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher

Tiemco Dual Midge Whip Finisher

$39.99
Tiemco Razor Scissors
Tiemco Razor Scissors

Tiemco Razor Scissors

$68.95