Categories: Nymphs

Dragon Fly Nymph with Ian Cole

The Dragon Fly Nymph Commonly found in our lakes, ponds, backwaters and slow moving streams, the dragonfly; like its more…

The Dragon Fly Nymph

Commonly found in our lakes, ponds, backwaters and slow moving streams, the dragonfly; like its more delicate cousin the damselfly, are both members of the Odonata Order. Similarly they both form extremely important trout food sources particularly in the nymphal stages of their life cycle.

In Australia the dragonfly nymphs are referred to as “mudeyes” and bait fishing with live nymphs is widespread and highly successful.

Although having a typical life cycle of two to four years the nymphs seem to be at their most active during the spring and early summer, October, December being the pick of the months. Indeed, in Lake Wanaka during this time they form a primary food source and are largely responsible for the “reconditioning” of post-spawning browns.

To most still-water flyfishers the dragonfly nymph and its representation is no stranger. Like so many natural insects there are literally dozens of imitations – all having varying degrees of success. The Hamill’s Killer, I’ve heard, is an effective pattern when the naturals are active despite the fact the tying incorporates a black squirrel’s tail – the natural nymph has no tail.

In Deceiving Trout, by John Parsons, an extremely lifelike imitation tied by John Morton is given – Morton’s Annie Dragonfly Nymph – where green and brown Swannundaze is intricately woven to give a very realistic segmented abdomen.

Unfortunately, the “chippolatas” on the ends of my hands lend themselves to a simpler tying. The fly illustrated is one my fishing companion, Rich Chilman, was given by a frequent American visitor to Wanaka, Rod Jocelyn. It is quite ingenious as it does not necessarily need lead in its tying and consequently is easier to cast – the furry toad readily absorbs water and so sinks quite quickly if weight is required then the bead chain eyes are generally sufficient.

When sight fishing to cruising fish around lake margins using the dragonfly nymph it is often advisable to cast a long way ahead thus enabling the fly to be on or near the bottom and to allow for time for the dissipation of any surface disturbance caused by the fly’s entry. A short sharp jerk as the fish approaches generally gives the required result – the take is often quite savage. To assist the method of line retrieval it is probably worth noting the natural’s means of propulsion is by expelling a water jet through its rear!

Ian Cole – New Zealand Fly Fishing Guides: Wanaka Fly Fishing, premier professional fishing guide, guided fly-fishing safaris for brown, rainbow trout and salmon in southern New Zealand.

This post was last modified on 15/12/2014 11:54 pm

Share

Recent Posts

Twizel Canals Fishing Tips – Ohau, Pukaki and Tekapo Canals – Maps & Video

Twizel Canals Fishing Tips - Plus 35lb rainbow video Here are some Twizel Canals Fishing Tips to get you started.…

05/06/2019 4:02 pm

Persistence Pays When it Comes to Fly Fishing Small Streams

Persistence Pays When it Comes to Fly Fishing by Piscator Last season I learnt a valuable lesson about persistence which has…

04/06/2019 10:23 pm

Coleridge, Lake – the Best Fishing Spots with 39 Place Names- Picture Galleries

Lake Coleridge, Canterbury High Country - Trout and Landlocked Salmon Fishing Map with Allan Burgess Plus a New Fishing Map with…

01/06/2019 11:06 am

Free 100 page Sea-Run Trout E-book and Trout & Salmon Fishing Newsletter

Free E-book with Trout & Salmon Newsletter At last a fishing newsletter worth subscribing to. Best of all it's totally FREE to…

01/06/2019 9:41 am

10 Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners – Fooling That Elusive Trout

10 Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners - Fooling That Elusive Trout by Andrew Padlie When it comes to trout fishing,…

31/05/2019 12:51 am

Brown Beetle Costelytra zealandica – The Rise and Fall of Brown Beetle

Brown Beetle Costelytra zealandica - The Rise and Fall of Brown Beetle - Night Fishing Near Christchurch by Paul Corliss…

27/05/2019 1:34 pm

All Rights Reserved © fishingmag.co.nz 1999 - 2019