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How to Tie a Foam Beetle

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a popular terrestrial, the Foam Beetle.  Tim uses a size 14 Dai-Riki #730 nymph hook, and ties with a heavier 140-denier black thread to help control the foam body.

“It may not look like much, but it’s one of my favorite patterns for the late summer and early fall.  Let it land with a splat beneath overhanging vegetation, give it a little twitch or two, and if there’s a fish there chances are you’ll get a take.”

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  • Caudell_Peduncle

    Too often, we consider the beetle in its many variations to be strictly a floating pattern. Remove the extraneous sighting aids from the back of the beetle and dead drift it where the fish lay in wait. It’s especially rewarding on spring fed creeks where the gradient increases. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.