Fishing Forum
Skip to Content


Fishing Forum > Fly Fishing Forum : Tying & using freshwater flies >

Balanced Peacock Damsel

Fishing Flies
fishing
Report Post | Register to Reply
Balanced Peacock Damsel
This is a damsel variation that I have been tying. This weighted "balanced" version is based on the technique used in Phil Rowley's Balanced Leech.

The fly uses a jig hook and a bead on a pin head.. It is great wind drifted under an indicator or fished slow on a floating line. I like it tied on a regular hook also with just a bead head. Something about peacock..... gotta love the stuff.

This one I tied with a red bead. I haven't tried this red version yet.

(This post was edited by cpierce on May 9, 2013, 9:07 PM)
Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [cpierce] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
I have been using the off set bead for a few years
http://www.bigfishtackle.com/...0bead%20head;#282472

I think that is what got me interested in tying the small Jig hooks with Haresears, Princes, Copper Johns, etc



Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [flygoddess] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
Where is a good place on-line that has a assortment of those hooks? I have been trying to find them but can't find any collarless heads that are in the 18-14 sizes.


Rex
Retired USAF
Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [vegasback2id] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
I get mine at Roger's at Portneuf River Outfitters in Pocatello or Jimmy's All Season in Idaho Falls, but, I think I got some at Cabela's

http://www.cabelas.com/...Sxk7cCFeeDQgodkgoAag



Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [flygoddess] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
Thanks for the help. I have seen the ones on Cabelas website. Pretty much the only ones I have been able to find. I am looking for the 1/64, 1/80, but in smaller hooks. Size 10 seems to be the size. Unfortunately your other 2 references don't have much for on-line sales.


Rex
Retired USAF
Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [vegasback2id] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
The last package I bought might have been Fish Tech. They are more like a #12 which is my favorite size in most nymphs. Try giving them a call.

The other choice however, is the off set idea. Hook of choice, straight pin and a bead.



(This post was edited by flygoddess on May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM)
Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [vegasback2id] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
If you want a blank jig hook, to use with a straight pin and bead of your choice, then just search for jig hook at places like Cabela's . Most are larger though, so you can try bending your own or just using a down-eyed hook.
Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [cpierce] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
Thanks for the help..Not sure if I want to bend a hook but it may be my only option.


Rex
Retired USAF
Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [vegasback2id] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
It will weaken it if it doesn't break it. How small you talking and what fly?



Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [flygoddess] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
I figured that breaking them would be a high probability so I don't want to bend them. Looking for 14-18, tying mainly scud patterns. May try Hares and PTs which I like in the sizes 14-18. And I like the damsel idea in which I would do in the10 -12.


Rex
Retired USAF
Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [vegasback2id] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
Please forgive me if you already know, but a drop bead is to put a Bead (tungsten is really nice) on a straight pin. This way you can do an over sized bead if you want to.
Cut the straight pin so that is is shorter than the shank of the preferred hook.
Down eye hooks are best choice.
You attach the bead on the straight pin onto the top of the hook extending the eye of the hook slightly. Then build the fly.
The purpose of this is to help the hook to float horizontal, BUT, it is also like dumbbells, it will make the fly float upside down.
If you think about this, you could also do this on an up or down eye scud hookSmile



Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [flygoddess] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
Two questions on this post in general...

First.. is it okay to strip the material off some old jig head flies I have and use those hooks.. and

second.. what are the tyiing instructions on the "balanced" fly originally posted?




...."May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it. ~Irish Blessing"
Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [macfly55] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
Sure you could

Here you go
http://www.flycraftangling.com/...ew&nArticleID=59



Report Post | Register to Reply
Re: [flygoddess] Balanced Peacock Damsel In reply to
that is a very interesting way to tie your own jig head. I just might have to give it a try


Rex
Retired USAF
(This post was edited by vegasback2id on May 15, 2013, 6:15 PM)