The Dragonfly is a stillwater or slow moving stream insect. Some species can live up to
four years. The nymphs can dart about in the water. They are especially plentiful where
there is a good amount of vegetation.
You want to imitate the darting motion the large nymph use to move around in the water.
Some quick strips of the fly may help especially when you are fishing areas of open water
in grass or weed beds.
The best way to catch trout on the nymphs is to sight fish for cruising fish. When you spot
one, cast well ahead and let the fly go to the bottom and lie still. When the trout
approaches it, make a flick of the rod tip to draw attention to the fly. Just wait for the trout
to get to the fly or past it. It may not take the fly until it is directly over and even with it and
may do so with a sudden movement.
You can also fish the nymph using a full sinking line. Use a slow hand twist retrieve. At
times the trout may take the fly very lightly using this method. You have to pay attention
to the line to detect the strikes.
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