Hook: Daiichi 1120 #12
Thread: MFC 8/0 or UTC 70, olive
Body/Tail: Rabbit fur clump.
Shellback: Scudback, clear
Legs: Olive marabou fibers
Thorax: Rabbit fur dubbing
Eyes: Mono eyes, small or extra small
Tying Note: Coat body with flexible adhesive
Damselflies are probably the insect associated with stillwaters. Over the years fly tiers have created legions of capable imitations. Crept amongst the shallows using an intermediate or floating line in conjunction with a long fifteen-foot leader damsel nymph patterns are deadly.
The Pond Monkey is an innovative pattern created by fellow stillwater addict Paul Fox. Paul hails from Oregon and considers the many lakes in the eastern region of the state as his stillwater playground.
The Pond Monkey contains all of the attributes of a great damsel nymph pattern, slim body, elegant profile and prominent eyes. Perhaps the trait I like most of all is the Pond Monkey’s simplicity. Paul’s approach to his fly tying sums things up perfectly, “I truly enjoy fly tying but I take a very practical approach and tie only patterns that I'm going to use and I also like to keep 'em simple. To me, a pattern that takes much over five minutes to tie is just too complicated. The Pond Monkey met my requirements of being simple and realistic and requires only about five minutes.”
To tie the Pond Monkey attach the mono eyes about two eye widths back from the hook eye. Next cut off an appropriately sized clump of fur (at the hide) from an olive -dyed rabbit fur strip. Pull out the guard hairs. Secure the fur clump onto the top of the hook so that the fur clump extends about 5/8" beyond the bend of the hook. Using a bodkin apply flexible cement to thread wraps the fur clump extending beyond the hook bend. Hold the last 1/4" of fur clump with thumb and forefinger to avoid covering with flexible cement. The tail appendages (gills) must be free to expand and move freely. As the flexible cement begins to harden use a bodkin to smooth out the slender body. Tie on a clear scud back and a few olive marabou fibers to create the legs. Position the tips of the legs so they are pointing forwards out over the hook eye. If desired form a slender rabbit fur thorax. Pull the marabou tips back under the thorax area, paintbrush style. Pull the clear Scudback over the thorax and eyes top and tie off to complete the Pond Monkey.