Long Shank Nymph Montana Damsel
Originally an American imitation of a large, dark stonefly nymph, the Montana is now more often used as a general nymph pattern to imitate a number of insects on still waters and is probably taken for a Dragonfly Nymph. When tied weighted, it is best fished slowly on a floating line but it can also work well when retrieved fast with the leader degreased to avoid line wake in calm conditions.
The Montana Nymph is a world-famous pattern, responsible for a huge amount of catches on both rivers and still waters. This is another selection that replicates a wide variety of aquatic organisms and is a direct representation of none. Yet this colour way can be highly prolific when used at this time of year.
The Olive Montana in June offers a very close resemblance to the smaller Damsel nymph’s inhabiting the lake. When imitating Damsel nymph’s it is often more common to use patterns with a marabou tail, to replicate the swimming action of the real nymph. However, this pattern is very productive when fished on the drop or static as it matches the diving motion of the Damsel nymph.
Best fished: Using a super slow figure of eight retrieve with the odd long slow constant pull to raise the fly up through the water column. Takes more than often happened as you complete the long slow pull and restart with the figure of eight retrieve so be ready!