Skip to main content

Fly Tying Barr's Damsel Fly

Fly Tying Barr's Damsel Fly

Watch Charlie Craven fly tying the Barr's Damsel.

Damsel Fly:

Hook: TMC 200 #8-14


Thread: Olive 6/0

Eyes: Melted Mono

Tail: Olive marabou


Rib: 3x monofilament

Shellback: Tan Thinskin




Abdomen: Olive dubbing

Legs: Mallard Flank Dyed Olive

Thorax: Olive Dubbing

Recommended


Tying Barr's Damsel Step 1 of 9

Tie on mono eyes about one fourth of the way back from the eye using x-wraps. Bring the thread to the bend of the hook.

Tying Barr's Damsel Step 2 of 9

Tie in several strand of marabou for a short tail at the bend. Bring the butt ends of the marabou forward and tie them down again behind the eyes.

Tying Barr's Damsel Step 3 of 9

Tie in a ten inch length of monofilament for the rib. Wrap back over the mono to the bend.

Tying Barr's Damsel Step 4 of 9

Tie in a tapered strip of Thinskin at the bend of the hook.

Tying Barr's Damsel Step 5 of 9

Dub the abdomen with a slight taper to just short of the eyes.

Tying Barr's Damsel Step 6 of 9

Tie in a small clump of dyed mallard flank on each side at the front of the abdomen.

Tying Barr's Damsel Step 7 of 9

Dub up to and around the eyes, forming a head that extends all the way to the hook eye.

Tying Barr's Damsel Step 8 of 9

Pull the Thinskin strip up over the back of the fly and tie it down with a couple tight turns of thread.

Tying Barr's Damsel Step 9 of 9

Spiral wrap the rib forward with tight wraps through the abdomen, and wider spacing through the thorax area. Tie the rib off at the eye and clip the excess mono and Thinskin flush. Build a smooth thread head and whip finish.

Finished Barr's Damsel

Tying Barr's Damsel

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
How-To/Techniques

Over the Guardrail: Sometimes a Monumental Journey Can be Close to Home

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
Gear

Tying Matt Winkler's Balanced Leather Leech

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
How-To/Techniques

Angler And Artist Inspiration: Nick Mayer Art

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
Gear

Tying the Kamchatka Mouse

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
Gear

Tying Villwock's The Roamer–A Streamer for All Species

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
How-To/Techniques

Blood Run: Fly Fishing with Amazon Warriors

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
News

FF-Feb-Mar-23 Promo

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
How-To/Techniques

Fly Tying Antonio's Mayfly Adult

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
How-To/Techniques

Changing the Nymph Game Video

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
Destinations/Species

Underwater footage of feeding bonefish at Deep Water Cay

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
How-To/Techniques

Tying the Chernobyl Ant

The spring creeks of Kamchatka are untouched waters, harboring wild rainbow trout that have lived their entire lives wit...
Destinations/Species

Kamchatka Spring Creek Rainbow Trout with The Best of Kamchatka

Fly Fisherman Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Fly Fisherman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Fly Fisherman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now