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/ beetle / Black / bluegill / Brown / Foam / panfish / peacock herl / step by step / terrestrial /
tied by Shoe
Fly Type: Terrestrials & Midges,
Hook: 9671 Mustad size 10
Thread: 6/0 black
Body: 5 strands of Peacock Herl
Underwing: Brown Raffia
Carapace: Black foam
Hi-Vis post: Orange Foam (Optional)
Dropper loop: Mono (Optional)
Tying Instructions: Step 1:
Pre-cut foam and slit 2/3rd toward the rear of the carapace, but not all the way through the material. Take a short section of the Raffia and round the end and fold to about 1/4" width.
Create a solid thread base and add the dropper loop to extend somewhat passed the hook shank. Some recipes call for using Zap-a-Gap, but I prefer knotting it and covering the knot wind thread winds. This beetle is quite heavy and the bulk won't effect the proportion.
Add the herl, twist it and palmer toward the eye.
Bring the thread about 1/2 toward the rear of the fly and attach the hackle for the legs. Trim the top and sides of the hackle
Attach the folded Raffia on the top.
Take the precut Carapace and attach it facing forward with the slit on the underside and secure.
Bring the thread about 1/3 to the rear of the bug, fold the foam back and wrap it down. (not too tight or it will add too much taper).
Step 8: (optional)
Take a short piece of contrasting foam for visibility and tie it.
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