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The Balanced Damzel Nymph Fly Pattern Tutorial

When @bigfiveohbro speaks . . . you listen. Taking an existing awesome fly pattern and making it balanced is always a good idea. There is nothing more relaxing than tossing this out with an indicator from the shore or kayak and counting the seconds until it gets a hit.

This is a pattern based on a fly that I saw Fly Skinz post up a year or two ago and knew right away it was going to be a staple in my box. I really like how it doesn't have a lot of weight to it, because I usually have the most luck with it in the top 5 feet of the water column casting it towards the shore and stripping back slowly towards me in deeper water.

Most of the techniques I use here are from FlySkinz original video which can be found here:

The only modification I have done to it is not using the foam, being lazy and not trimming the back out of the exo skin but rather using some of the Large Tails, and the body material. I really like the durability of the Semperfli Quickdub twisted with the Straggle String. They come in so many colors that the color combinations are endless.

Tie some up and I hope that they pierce some lips for you.

The Recipe:
Hook: #ahrexhook FW560
Thread: #semperfliflytying waxed thread 8/0
Tail: #flyskinz Damzel tail with micro rabbit strip olive
Body: #semperfliflytying straggle string in orange and Quickdub in orange and graphite twisted
Back: #flyskinz Damzel tail but could use exo skin cut to fit
Eyes: mono eyes small
Balanced: #17 Embroidery Pin 1.25" long with a Tungsten bead
Resin: UV resin to secure thread around eyes
#flyfishing #flytying #flytyer #tyingoneflyaday #svendflies

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