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Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Beetles make up 40% of known insects, can never have enough of them, I just use dubbing, black hackle and vary the color of the foam.

Posted on: 2013/7/3 13:18
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Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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I like the foam beetles with the red or pink dot on them.

Posted on: 2013/7/3 13:26
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Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Hook - standard dry fly. I use a lot of #14s and #16s

Tie in a strip of black closed cell foam approximately the width of the hook gap back to about the barb.

Tie in 2 - 3 strands of peacock herl and wrap forward (or dub with something similar to peacock herl) to about the midpoint of the shank.

Tie in three strands of green krystal flash. for legs.

Wrap remaining herl or dub forward to behind the eye.

Bring foam over top to form the shellback of the beetle. Tie down and trim excess to form a head. At same spot tie in a piece of pink or orange glo bug yarn for a hot spot to aid with visibility. Whip finish. Trim legs to proper length.


Posted on: 2013/7/3 15:20
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Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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I like Steeves' Firefly. It's basically a beetle(foam, herl) but also uses Kreinik materials for a hot butt, shell back, and wings

Dry fly hook
black thread
Kreinik 005 for shell back (similar to flat braid)
black foam
Kreinik 054 hot yellow 3 or 4 turns (depending on size)for a hot butt(similar to small round braid; floss or heavy thread would also work)
peacock herl

fold foam to just behind eye forming a head like a regular beetle

Kreinik 850 (1/8"similar to a dark flat braid): tie in at head tie in point and separate into 2 wings and pull fibers apart(crystal flash could be used as a substitute). Wings should be about length of body pointing sideways & back(like a wing!)
pull shellback over back in between wings and tie down

I often skip the shell back because unless you pull it under water the fish can't see it

http://flyanglersonline.com/flytying/fotw/9197fotw.php

Posted on: 2013/7/3 18:04


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Toofish wrote:
I like Lorn Willians beetle pattern.
http://www.lorenwflyfishes.com/tutorials/dry-flies/foam-beetle


now that i like. even I could tye that...

Posted on: 2013/7/3 19:34


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Tom Rosenbauer's parabeetle.

Posted on: 2013/7/3 20:57


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Coffee bean beetle

Posted on: 2013/7/3 21:10


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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One of the best dry fly guys I know swears by the Crowe beetle...

Posted on: 2013/7/3 23:27


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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i tye deer hair beetles and foam beetles the same way.tye the floating material down the shank,wrap peacock herl and/or hackle over it,pull the remaining material from the tail area over the top,tye off and clip.done.

i like to go big sometimes,because i've seen huge beetles most places i fish.

Posted on: 2013/7/3 23:35


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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I learned to tie the crowe beetle in my fly tying class - almost 30 years ago now. And I was told shortly afterward, that foam beetles are better, more durable patterns.
So, I quit tying the crowes, and used foam patterns.

About 12 - 15 years ago now, I started tying crowes again, and fishing them. They just look a little"buggier" IMO - and there seems to be something with that little plop they make when landing on the water, that makes the fish come after them well
I also started tying them with an underbody of peacock herl, which makes them look even better.

Yeah, their not as durable as foam patterns. But their so easy to tie, I don't really mind them falling apart after a few fish.
I catch lots of fish on them everywhere I go

Posted on: 2013/7/3 23:56


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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My go to is a peacock hero body with black hackle palmered back to fron. I top it off with an orange turkey biot for visibility. I generally use #16-20.

Posted on: 2013/7/4 20:39
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Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Here are the patterns I like to use:

Jeff Wilkins Japanese beetle

Jeff Wilkins Foam Beetle

Enjoy!

Posted on: 2013/7/5 0:29


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Me too. Thanks!! Used on the 4th for blue gills and pumpken seeds. Have fun!!
SeanQuote:

geebee wrote:
Quote:

Toofish wrote:
I like Lorn Willians beetle pattern.
http://www.lorenwflyfishes.com/tutorials/dry-flies/foam-beetle


now that i like. even I could tye that...

Posted on: 2013/7/5 8:31


Re: Favorite Beetle Pattern?

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Quote:

David wrote:
One of the best dry fly guys I know swears by the Crowe beetle...


I was wondering when he was going to reply to this thread.....

Posted on: 2013/7/5 12:01
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