The Juicebug Damsel Nymph

1. Translucent to match the naturals

2. Designed to be fished deep where the nymphs

     are active most of the time.

3. Weed-resistant design

4. Arctic Fox body hair for more realistic volume & movement.

PT1: Introduction
     PT.2: Matching the Natural

       Part 3: Tying Instructions

         PT.5: Resources

above: Seth Patterson (Paxon)

Recommended setup for fishing this fly, your mileage may differ:

Intermediate line, with an 11' leader tapered to a 5X fluorocarbon tippet. Use an open Duncan Loop / Uni knot or a non-closing loop knot to attach the fly.

Cast, let the fly and intermediate line sink until you are probing deeper water than is normally fished with damsel nymph patterns. On some casts, let the fly drop until it is resting on the bottom.

Basic retrieve is a rapid, jerky hand-twist, with numerous pauses. The hook-point-upward orientation of the fly allows you fish in heavier weed cover than usual. Be alert for a hookset when you first tighten the line. Often a fish will have softly grabbed the fly as it drops in the water.

If no takes, vary the speed of the retrieve. I have had fish take the fly using a very fast strip retrieve.

This fly has worked consistently well from freezing early season conditions into November. Primetime is early summer when fish are actively looking for damsel nymphs.

Best results come in water 5 to 8 feet deep, casting into the slots between weed beds. It is an exceptional fly fished in ponds which are primarily weed-filled littoral zones. If your water is too deep or too cold to have weeds, this (or any) damsel nymph pattern, is not a good choice to fish.

This fly has been a trip saver, so tie a bunch, and fill that “hole in your fly box” now reserved for: damsel nymph patterns meant to be fished deep.

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You can judge a fly when you can observe how fish react to it.

On a trip with a couple of long-lost cousins, I tried Siskiyou Reservoir in northern California. This was new water to me, and the first thing I realized, looking at the depth finder, was this was a canyon filled with water. The depth dropped off rapidly, so the water was 20' deep 20' from shore. Crossing over toward a little bay, the depth increased over 100'.

I was thinking the little bay with some weeds showing was a shallow area, hopefully holding some fish.

I fished it for awhile and only saw one little bass, but a lot of dace minnows. Stopped on the shoreline for a snack, then decided to play around. I had the Juicebug Damsel on, and cast it toward the shallows, let it sink, then started a slow trolling retrieve.

Suddenly, there was a little dace following the fly. Then five, then a dozen, then 20! It looked like the parade scene from the Music Man!

Three of these 3-inch lunkers took a swipe at the fly, but no way were they going to get a fly half their size into their mouths. I was laughing and having great fun, very pleased that these little guys were so convinced this bug was real.

Such are the small victories in fly tying.

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