Damselflies are common on many stillwaters. These “Mosquito Hawks” as they are called, hatch after the nymph swims to the bank and crawls out of the water where it splits and the adult emergers. Immediately after hatching, these teneral adults are pale yellowish to tan to olive in color and rest on twigs and sticks along the banks while their bodies and wings dry. Gusting winds can blow these delicate tenerals into the water, as their wings have yet to dry and provide flight. The pattern shown here has its roots in Gary Borger’s Parachute Damsel. The addition of the foam wingcase adds a bit of flotation to the fly and really grabs onto the hackle due to its compress-ability. The pre-made and colored braided nylon abdomen makes this a quick and easy pattern to tie, and is available in both the blue color and the olive and tan shades of the teneral, as well as red. I like to sight fish adult damsels to cruising fish in stillwaters, either from the bank (my favorite) or from a tube or pontoon boat. Tie the damsel on to a 9 foot 4X leader and present it well in front of a cruising fish. Sometimes a subtle twitch at the right moment can pull fish in, but generally, I just let the fly sit and wait for the fish to find it. It seems they can see this pattern from pretty far away, as they make a long rush to the fly to inhale it. It’s up to you to stay calm enough to keep from pulling the fly away before he gets his mouth around it, which is MUCH easier said than done.