A great indicator of the (hopefully!) good weather to come is the ever-present lakeside flight of the Common Bluetail Damsel. Similar to a dragonfly these insects come in a variety of colour ways, no two the same, and can be found in huge quantities cruising the shores of our lakes on a warm sunny day.
The Damsel fly is a very agile flyer, much to the frustrations of the resident fish. They swiftly glide and tantalisingly hover just above on the surface of the water. Teasing frustrated fish, which often leap from the depths in an attempt to catch these tasty morsels in mid-flight – ambitious yet mostly unsuccessful in their efforts.
This direct imitation is a perfect pattern to try as these insects are chased down in the margins of the lake. A well-presented fly should be aimed at any rising fish, or fished blind into a light to heavy ripple.
Best fished: From late morning throughout the day as the resident Trout frantically cruise in the margins. Ensure a long leader is well degreased, for maximum stealth and introduce the fly to the lake with a heavy coating of fly floatant. As the fly sits in the surface film of the water, sporadically introduce slight twitches to your fly, to imitate a trapped fly with wet wings. Takes will be fast and furious…