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From a young age I started tying flies, mostly for still water trout. I really enjoyed fishing with natural looking patterns such as Papa Roaches and Damsels and so on. The one day I was fishing along a weed bed and saw a massive Dragonfly Nymph swimming along the weeds. I took my net and scooped it up to inspect further as I knew the trout obviously liked them. That morning after the fishing session I went to my vice and tied my version of the Dragonfly Nymph called the Tasty Dragon. After some good success on the fly, I started incorporating it into my fly-tying business called Flies Unlimited. 

Material list: 

Hook: SL12S Short Shank #6

Eyes: Bead Chain or dumbbell eyes 

Thread: 6/0 

Tail: Olive Marabou 

Tail: Olive Magnum Strips 

Body: Olive Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing 

Wing: Olive Deer Hair 

Wing Casing: Swiss Straw Olive 

Legs: Grizzly Flutter Legs Black Barred Rootbeer 

Tying the fly

Step 1: 

Tie on the Dumbell or the Bead Chain Eyes.  

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Step 2: 

Tie in a mono leader loop on the hook shank to prevent the Zonker and Marabou from wrapping.  

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Step 3:

Tie in a piece of Olive Marabou to the hook shank over the mono loop, cover the tie in section with some Olive Hare’s Dubbing. 

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Step 4:

Tie in a strand of Magnum Zonker, the piece should be about 2-3 times longer than the hook shank. 

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Step 5:

Over the tie in point of the Zonker strip, apply dubbing to the thread and cover the area to build a nice fat body. 

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Step 6: 

Cut a small amount of Deer Hair and place over the Zonker strip, prevent the Deer Hair from spinning as we are trying to imitate a wing casing. 

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Step 7:

Tie in the silicone legs. Use around 4 strand, fold it over to the other side and tie in. 

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Step 8: 

Tie in the Olive Swiss Straw over the Deer Hair to start forming the wing case. 

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Step 9: 

Fold back the Swiss Straw and build a dubbing body over the folding part of the Swiss Straw. 

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Step 10:

Build a layer of dubbing layer over the dumbell eyes and fold the Swiss Straw forward over the eyes. This will form segments over the body of the fly.

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Step 11: 

Take a black permanent marker and form lines over the zonker strip to imitate segmentation for the fly. 

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