Juicebug Damsel Nymph (orig. Wes Wada, 2010)


The Juicebug Damsel Nymph is a good illustration of the numerous creative techniques and strategies at the core of this Web site. The problem-solving rationale, specific materials, and use of light and flash, add up to what is an exceptionally effective fly.


Hook: Tiemco 206BL #14 (2XS, up-eye, light wire, black, barbless)

Threads: Light Cahill or a light tannish yellow-green color -and- Coats Transparent Polyester thread (preferred) or a clear monofilament thread.

Cements: super glue, and Liquid Fusion urethane cement

Eyes: 2.4mm gold beadchain ("small" size)

Tail: medium dirty olive dyed Arctic Fox body fur -or- color as needed to match natural

Tail Flash: two strands of Yellow Fever nylon Dollyhair -or- your choice

Abdomen: blended dubbing. Original has Trilobal Olive blended with tannish yellow Antron/rabbit dubbing

Wing Case: Stretch Magic beading cord, .7mm clear

See the material source list at end of this article.


Damsel nymph patterns, typically, imitate fully developed nymphs wiggling their way near the surface toward exposed plant stalks and emergent weeds.

There, the bugs crawl out of the water and pull themselves from their shucks, as pale tan early teneral stage adults. (Image courtesy of The View From Helicon biology blog.) As their exoskeleton hardens and darkens, many become the familiar azure blue, four-winged adults that buzz around ponds.

In northern latitudes, such as Oregon, damselflies take a full two years before they are ready to emerge. And, they spend most of their time crawling around the bottom and in the weeds as predators of shrimp, small nymphs, and plankton. Damsels and Dragons belong to the same insect subgroup, Odonata, and they share similar habits and habitat.

Fish have damsel nymphs available to them year-round, and the nymphs are always recognized as food.

Anglers who fish only the migration stage of the nymphs leave a lot of fish-catching potential on the table!

Part 2: Matching the Natural
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above: Seth Patterson (Paxon)
right: Harper College Biology Department

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