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    I see some dragonfly nymphs tied with a short tail and some without.
    Ive seen pics of a dragon and they dont have tails,so why are they included in a pattern?

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    it depends on the species, some dragon fly nymphs have a bit of tail, that does move.

    Google "dragon fly nymphs, images" and have a look at all the different species of nymphs, quite interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by saflyfish View Post
    I see some dragonfly nymphs tied with a short tail and some without.
    Ive seen pics of a dragon and they dont have tails,so why are they included in a pattern?
    The "tail" is to give movement. All dragonfly nymphs propel themselves by expelling water out their anal vents.
    http://www.troutnut.com/specimen/356

    Since they have a torpedo shape, they can also be copied by a fur-strip, as in the papa roach. This also has movement.

    Remember. Movement = LIFE = food for trout.
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    I dont want to hijack the thread but I have a question.

    Has any one ever tied and fished dragonfly nymphs as weighted controll flies? With or without tails....
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    Quote Originally Posted by AB1 View Post
    I dont want to hijack the thread but I have a question.

    Has any one ever tied and fished dragonfly nymphs as weighted controll flies? With or without tails....
    A tungsten-beaded Prince nymph imitates a dragonfly nymph (or stonefly nymph), as does a tungsten Copper John.

    Depending upon the waters being fished, this can be an ideal control pattern.
    This applies more in countries such as the USA & parts of Europe where a control STONEFLY is good choice.
    Less so in SA.
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    A dragonfly nymph imitation with a tail that catches fish doesn't necessarily mean that the fish sees the fly as a dragonfly per se.
    Depends whether you want to catch fish with a fly that works or imitate a nymph that also works.
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    Craig

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    Here is a dragon fly pattern that incorporates movement and shape http://truttablog.com/2013/03/24/the-fmd/#more-588

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    An easy tie if you use a dubbing loop or split thread

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