Pattern Changed… Damsel Flies Worked This Round! #damselflies

By / March 20, 2017 / Bass, Bethany Lakes

Bass seemed to have developed lockjaw on the Foam Grasshoppers. Tied three purple Damsel Flies, and then fished Bethany Lakes later in the afternoon… caught three Bass. Would have caught more but lost all three Damsel Flies!

Used short pulls of the line, and then a short pause before repeating. Bass tended to hit the fishing fly when we paused between series of short pulls.

The last fishing fly off broke off taking the Damsel Fly with it. Time to make more at the fly tying table!


Log Book Entry: 3/20/17

  • Location: Bethany Lakes – Main Pond (Allen)
  • Time: 1730 – 18:30
  • Weax: Clear, short sleeves, Windy
  • Rod: Redington Classic Trout 5wt – 9′
  • Reel: Echo Ion 4/5 – 6wt Flyline



  • Damsel Fly worked in purple marabou! Need to tie more since we ran out.
  • Used short pulls of the line and pause between sets. Bass tended to strike when the fly was resting still.
  • Did lose a nice Bass… line broke. Was using thin tippet material; next round going back to 12lbs mono!



  • 3 Bass – 12″-13″ – Purple Damsel Fly – Sz 8.



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G’Day Glenn,
That Damsel Fly pattern works well on those bass. Are the bass stocked in the lake?
I haven’t been out fishing much lately.Too hot and too tired. Did have a nice day up at Marysville, Victoria last Friday. I’ll drop you an email with details.


Hi Steve!
This time of year a Damsel Fly works well. Bass have not been stocked in several years; always see lots of fingerling Bass… should see lots more in the next few months! Bummer on the heat. We have a few more months of moderate heat, then the Summer will kick in… which means fish early or fish late, and wait out the day. Look forward to the update at Marysville!

Take care,


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