Water Beetles and Caffeine Bombs

January 12, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

Coffee beans

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They’re generally considered an elixir for good health and covered with chocolate make a great streamside snack, but who would have thought that trout would mistake coffee beans for water beetles? Joel King, of Steamboat Spring Colorado’s Kingfisher Flies, glues half a coffee bean to a hook shank and creates a killer fly for mountain lakes, according to Steamboat Today‘s Tom Ross.
“He swears the fish mistake the coffee bean for a water beetle. I think it’s more likely the fish are fooled into thinking the bean is a snail suspended in the water column. I didn’t have the nerve to ask King in front of his audience if high-test beans work better than decaf.”

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