Since I first watched the ‘Damsels in Distress’ video by Sharptail Productions (see my blogpost ‘catching up!’), I have been contemplating how to tie my own version of an adult damselfly… The blue has to be eye catching, yet the form of the fly must be slim and lifelike – at least the proportions have to work.
Browsing in the bookstore yesterday afternoon, I read a section about sinnets (plaits or braids). I began thinking about how to tie one strand of Krystal Flash just so, in a way that creates the desired effect. I will experiment with twisting another time, for now, allow me to indulge in this evening’s adventure:
1) learn how to tie a Portuguese Sinnet:
2) practise on a suitable length of cord:
3) practise on a single strand of Krystal Flash – in this case, Pearl Blue
4) make sure you have a good approximate size – how big are your local damselfly adults?
5) make the fly so it sits in the surface film, keeping a slim profile
Please let me know your thoughts and if you can help me name it, I’ll gladly post one to the reader who proposes the winning name. Better still, if you can improve the look and feel of the fly using this technique, please share your ideas!
Thank you for reading – please return soon…