Sunday, 30 December 2012

Latex Dragonfly Nymph

Latex Dragonfly Nymph

Source of imitation - actual Dragonfly nymph

Some Dragonfly nymph that I tie

Tie in transparent tape
Tie in foam
Tie in latex

and the latest tie in latex... with much simple steps.. with extra features.. more fishable

Hook - Gamakatsu S11-4L size 8
Latex strip cut from a normal latex glove
Mono eye
Goose biots
Ostrich Herl fiber
Dubbing and wire
lead wire and 3M surgical tape

The step by step tying instructions:

Bend the hook and prepare the with thread

Tie in some lead to create a taper profile of the abdomen

I like to tape it with surgical tape to further create a smoother taper body

Tie in the latex strip, wire and a pair of Ostrich herl fiber

Roll the latex strip over to create the abdomen, tie down the latex

Pull over the Ostrich Herl fiber and spin the wire around to secure the herl fiber

Tie in another latex strip

Now tie in 3 pairs of Goose biots as legs

Dub in some dubbing to split the legs

 Fold the latex strip over and tie in the mono eye

Again fold the latex over to create the thorax, tie down

Tie down the thorax portion, trim the latex strip, cut the balance of the latex into a wing case

Color the fly with markers and the Latex Dragonfly Nymph is ready

View from below

Have fun and happy tying

and....Happy New Year 2013

With similar technique, you can easily tie this Latex Damselfly Nymph in no time...


  1. Very good and i think about very interesting for many species.

  2. Thanks for the compliment my friends...

  3. I found your blog today, this is incredible.
    Started tying your flies, we often fishing with foam flies in Hungary (asp, chub, carp, etc.)
    Many thaks: Kevin

  4. Nice work! Its difficult to get the proportions right on a dragonfly nymph!

  5. Hello, I found your blog today. Very nice fly! How do you do to bend the legs ?
    / Stig

    1. Hi Stig, you can use a heated needle to heat up the biot and bend the legs or you can use tweezers to fold the legs and then apply some cement to secure it.

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