It is one of the most effective imitations for sub-surface tactics. This voracious creature grows chubby eating pretty much anything smaller than him.
As most of us already know, they are fast swimmers. It is the jet that comes out of their asses that propels them forward a couple of inches each time they expel the water, in other words, each time they fart.
This easy to imitate insect, is often neglected by anglers when fishing moving waters, but the truth is that our chubby fellow inhabits these waters as well, specially Spring Creeks, and the use of Dragonfly nymph patterns it is always a great alternative when surface action is off.
On heavily fished waters big browns will frequently prefer a juicy Dragonfly imitation, fished close to the bottom, over some other classic streamers, nymphs or dries.
Impressionist or realistic imitation?
I would say it’s a matter of tastes but, for me, realistic imitations have never worked very well compared to the more life-like motion those impressionist patterns have. A mixture between both styles with some long life materials is what I choose when tying all of my flies –sorry for the purist tiers-.