Realistic Skimmer Dragonfly Larvae
Realistic Skimmer Dragonfly Larvae is a life-like replica of the real skimmer dragonfly nymph (Libellulidae family) and is a greatly effective fly pattern. A sinking version of a dragonfly larvae pattern. The design mimics the natural insect: the body has the elongated, cylindrical shape with head, thorax and abdomen defined. Body has been molded out of durable, silicone-like material and has a shiny, wet appearance. Coloring and detailed printing adds to the authenticity of the pattern. The three pairs of segmented, flexible legs give the fly a bit of ‘movement’ in the water. This is a very effective pattern that will produce some good strikes.
Realistic Skimmer Dragonfly Larvae comes in Green, Olive and Brown and hook size #6.
Dragonflies are one of the oldest insects inhabiting our planet. Dragonflies belong to group of insects with hind-wing broader than the fore-wing. They are an aquatic insects and go trough three life stages: egg, nymph and adult (there is no pupal stage). Most of a their life dragonflies spend as nymphs, some up to five years.
Dragonfly Nymph Fishing
Being adults or nymphs, dragonflies are big meals with plenty of calories and fish will usually strike with full force, aggressively. You can fish with dragonfly nymph pattern all year long. Nymphs are usually more effective pattern then adults, as adult dragonflies rarely end up in water. Dragonfly nymphs range in size and can be as long as two inches. Larger nymph patterns work better in the spring and summer and smaller ones in the fall, emulating their natural life-cycles and natural selection. Nymphs hide on the bottom, amid vegetation, feeding on other smaller nymphs, beetles, small insects, etc. They have great camouflage – their coloring reflects that of the bottom where they reside. When emerging, they head for shore, so keeping that in mind is important when fishing with these patterns. Also, fishing this pattern near the bottom and weed beds is most productive. Casting from the bank to the bottom and retrieving using short, four to five inches bursts towards the shore is a great technique as this imitates the natural way of swimming of these nymphs.