From Jerry:

I am a fly tier from La Pine, Oregon. I retired to Central Oregon in 2004 to follow my passion for the sport of fly fishing and fly tying which took hold of me in the early 80’s. I was blessed with a great mentor and teacher in the late Andre Puyan who with great patience and humor cleaned up my tiing by teaching me the classic techniques of the fly tier’s craft. Andre believed that with great technique there is not a fly that you couldn’t tie. It is the way and how I teach today in my own classes.
I demonstrate at the most of the tier conclaves and The Fly Fishing Shows in the Western US. I teach and do demos at the local Orvis store, as well as coordinate a winter fly tying series for the Central Oregon Fishers for which I am a member. In 2009, I received the Stan Walters Memorial Fly Tier of Year award from, the Oregon Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers. I am humbled to be in the same class as the past winners of this great award, and I will continue to teach and pass on the fly tying craft for that is the only way it can live on.

Damselflies are flying insects of the suborder Zygoptera in the order Odonata. They are similar to dragonflies, which constitute the other odonatan suborder, Anisoptera, but are smaller and have slimmer bodies. Most species fold the wings along the body when at rest, unlike dragonflies which hold the wings flat and away from the body. An ancient group, damselflies have existed since at least the Lower Permian beginning about 299 million years ago, and are found on every continent except Antarctica. All damselflies are predatory insects; both nymphs and adults actively hunt and eat other insects. The nymphs are aquatic, with different species living in a variety of freshwater habitats including acidic bogs, ponds, lakes and rivers. The nymphs moult repeatedly, at the last moult climbing out of the water to undergo metamorphosis. The skin splits down the back, they emerge and inflate their wings and abdomen to gain their adult form. Their presence on a body of water indicates that it is relatively unpolluted, but their dependence on freshwater makes them vulnerable to damage to their wetland habitats.


  • Hook: TMC 206 BL #16-#14
  • Thread: Lt Olive
  • Tail: Lt olive arctic fox tail hairs
  • Body: Med-dark Olive arctic fox under fur
  • Body Veiling: Lt olive fox tail hair
  • eyes: Plastic eye or bead chain eyes, blk or olive

Watch Jerry Criss’s other patterns or select from the one’s below
Green Drake Extended Body – Jerry Criss
Beadhead Callibaetis – Jerry Criss
TLF Steelhead Magic – Jerry Criss
TLF BWO Soft Hackle – Jerry Criss
TLF Deer Hair Emerger – Jerry Criss
Partridge and Green – Jerry Criss
Blue Winged Olive Pullover – Jerry Criss
Classic Irish Mayfly – Jerry Criss
Possum Hair Nymph – Jerry Criss
The Bleeding Minnow – Jerry Criss

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