Well, I hope the Smallies (and their cousins) think so.
One of the Smallmouth Bass streams where Kelly and I fish has quite a healthy damselfly population, but I've never fished an actual damselfly nymph pattern there. I've used Woolly Buggers and probably a Hare's Ear Nymph or two, but I haven't really tried to imitate the natural forage any better than that.
I decided to experiment with tying up a few damselfy nymphs. This is something I've never tried to tie before. I searched for a pattern that I liked online, but after looking at several dozen patterns or so... and not being satisfied, I settled on creating my own. I borrowed a little inspiration from each of the damsel patterns I saw out there... but mine is fairly original.
These were tied on Daiichi #1750 size 6 streamer hooks. I used UTC blue dun 140 denier thread. The bead chain eyes are from a discarded ceiling fan pull. The body is dubbed from some homemade dubbing I chopped up from some silvery gray acrylic yarn. The wire rib is copper from some old electrical wiring... I don't remember the exact source. (I love making flies from salvaged junk and mom's old craft supplies.) The tail is a very modest amount of gray marabou and just a hint of midge flash. The collar is Hungarian Partridge soft hackle. The head (built up with thread around the eyes) is finished with Sally Hansen "Hard as Nails" for durability... as usual with my creations.
I can hardly wait to drop one of these off the back of one of those big foam hoppers... and watch that simple foam and silicone goodness get dragged deep under water by a big fish that can't resist a delicious damsel. At least that's how I imagine it will go down... pun fully intended. Only time and warmer weather will tell.
I know if I were a fish, I would give one a taste test.
I probably wouldn't make it very long as a fish... I'd likely end up on a stringer pretty quickly. I'm a sucker for anything that comes in a shiny wrapper and looks like candy.