Published Sep 21. 2018 - 3 weeks ago
Updated or edited Sep 21. 2018

All Synthetic Foam Beetle

Foam beetles have been around for ages, and there really isn't anything new here. In fact I am sure many people have used ice dubbing before instead of peacock hurl. However I have tied them this way for a long time and really like them like this. So I thought I would show you the way I do them.

As stated in the video, I really like using the ice dubbing because it will give the fly a more buggy look, almost looking like little legs under it, and it gives more flash, and is generally in my experience more durable. Its a win win on all fronts. Also I find dubbing this on to be quicker than wrapping peacock hurl up the hook evenly.

These flies can be tied in a number of sizes, and I have tied them down to even size 16, and all the way up to size 6. Generally with a size 6 or larger, I like to go with a thicker foam, like a size 6mm vs the 2mm I am using here. Or double up the 2mm, which is nice because you have the ability to go 2 tone with the doubled up version. But no mater what size you tie these in, they tend to be very deadly, especially in the late summer when there are lots of terrestrials out. But any time you see beetles flying around, this is a good fly to have tied on your line.

As always I am including a list of the materials I used on this fly.

Hook: #14 Daiichi 1280
Thread: Black Veevus 6/0
Dubbing: Peacock Ice Dub
Wing and hotspot: black and white 2mm fly foam
Cement: Brush on Zap a Gap

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