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Wanna tie a mysis? This might be the pattern... Small, easy to tie. It can even stand in for a small dragonfly nymph.
This is one of the few real imitations to be found in my boxes. The Mysids (Mysidae) are a group of marine crustaceans, that are especially abundant in the spring. They grow quite large - almost 2 centimeters or 3/4" - and are seen in many colors. my favorite is a light olive one, but I've also fished a dark brown variation with some luck.
|Hook||6-10, straight eye streamer hook. Best are of course stainless hooks for salt water resistance
|Thread||To suit color of materials
|Body||Hares ear dubbing, natural, olive or brown dyed
|Tail||Extended body made with a dubbing loop.
|Hackle||Hair hackle, palmer wise on front half of body. Made with a dubing loop from guard hair of hares mask natural, olive or brown dyed
|Back||Scud back or any kind of elastic back material
|Head||Small, Color of thread
- Start by preparing the eyes
- Burn a lenght of heavy monofilament in one end
- Cut and burn the other end
- You should end up with a connected pair of eyes the right lenght. It might take a few tries.
- When the eyes are good, color the red with a marker or varnish
- Tie in the thread over the barb and form a dubbing loop
- Secure the thread, and dub one strand of the loop to a length of double the hook length.
- Spin the loop with
- Fold it over behind the hook and let it unwind to form a twined, extended body
- Tie it down, and cut off rest of loop.
- Dub the body in a light taper to just after middle of hook
- Tien in a narrow piece of back material
- Form an other dubbing loop.
- Tie in eyes perpendicular to the hook shank
- Dub the front part of the body, covering the eye stalks with figure-of-eights
- Make a hair hackle from guard hairs from the hares mask
- Spin it
- Wind it over the thick front part of the body behind the ears.
- Pull the back material over the body and tie down
- Form head over the eyes, whip finish and varnish.
This will do fine as a Damsel fly nymph too, actually. A bit longer and maybe another color, and there you are.