Project Description

Foam Beetle

Pattern Description:

You know that weird cousin of yours who isn’t very good looking but is maybe the hardest working person you know?  The one no one thinks about until they need his particular skill set?  Yeah, the Foam Beetle is a lot like that cousin.  This fly sits in the corner of your box until one summer day when you pull it out and it shows you just how good it really is.  Stop treating your family like that and take Cousin Eddie out fishing with you.

Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #10-20
Thread: Black 6/0
Shellback: Black Fly Foam
Legs: Moose Hair
Body: Peacock Herl
Indicator: Orange Fly Foam

Step 1

Start the thread behind the eye and make a thread base all the way back to and partially down the bend of the hook. Return the thread to the seventy-five percent point.

Step 2

Cut a strip of foam that is about as wide as the hook gap. Cut the end to a tapered point.

Step 3

Tie the tapered point to the hook at the 75% point and wrap back over the foam to just past the bend of the hook.

Step 4

Tie in several strands of peacock herl at the bend.

Step 5

Bring the thread back to the front and tie in six moose hairs with their butt ends facing forward.

Step 6

Clip off the tips of the moose hair that are facing back.

Step 7

Wrap the peacock forward up to and past the moose hair all the way to just behind the eye. Tie off and clip.

Step 8

Pull three moose hairs to each side of the hook with your fingers.

Step 9

Fold the foam forward over the peacock, separating the moose hairs to each side of the fly. Tie the foam down behind the eye with a couple tight turns of thread.

Step 10

Clip the excess foam leaving a short stub for the head.

Step 11

Tie in a narrow strip of orange foam on the joint between the body and the head. Clip the front flush with the black foam and the back a bit longer so you can see it.

Step 12

Pull the moose hair legs down and trim them just a bit longer than the hook gap.

Step 13

Finished Fly