A very popular stillwater and reseroir lure in the UK and Europe. The Dawson's Olive is best used in warmer months when troout start feeding on Damselfly nymphs. Try close in to the banks where trout are picking up this food.
Use a floating line and long leader with a slow figure of eight retrieve. The rest of the year can produce using an intermediate or sinking line with a varied rate of retrieve.
The Dawson's Olive can be tied with different coloured marabou for the tail. A slight difference like this in the design of the lure can prove very effective.
The Dawson's Olive pictured is tied with Straggle Fritz rather than the traditional Chenille Body and uses a thorax of Olive Ostrich Herl to give a bit more pulsating movement at the head.
The Original Dawson's Olive pattern was as follows :-
Hook - Size 8-12 Longshank
Thread - Brown
Tail - Golden Yellow Marabou
Body - Olive Chenille
Rib - Oval Gold Tinsel
Wing - Olive Marabou
Hackle - DYed Blue Guinea Fowl