The Waggle Tail Damsel fly is a pattern that may raise a few eyebrows, as people pose the question is it really a fly? The rubber waggle tail may be perceived by some purists as not for them, which is fair game. But I think if I can cast it and work it correctly using my fly rod, subsequently resulting in a fish – then it is certainly of merit.
The rubber tail on this fly can be deadly when fished correctly. For anyone who has ever witnessed a Damsel fly nymph swimming in the margins, they will understand why. These nymphs can often be mistaken for small fry such is the movement their bodies induce with wriggling hind-quarters for propulsion. The rubber tail mirrors this movement, as it works life like magic into this pattern through a wide variety of retrieves.
Best fished: My favoured retrieve to get the Waggle Tail really pulsing is a super long slow pull retrieve, this gets the tail working for a maximum amount of time when in the water. Another popular retrieve would also be the roly-poly technique generating constant movement from your fly.