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Black Beetle Fly Image

This is the fly to use when beetles or snails are on the surface.

The fly is made up of a peacock herl body, over which a back and head are created from a number of black pheasant tail hackles. The ends of the hackles are then tied in various areas along the hook shank to imitate legs and feelers.


Tying Instructions

Wind the thread down the hookshank to a position opposite the barb, catching in around 3 pieces of peacock herl as you go.

Catch in 6 black pheasant tail fibres (These will create the back and thorax cover).

Wind the thread up 2/3 of the hookshank, pull the peacock herl forward and secure with thread (Layer 1 of the herl).

Wind the thread back down to where you started, pull the peacock herl back and secure with thread (Layer 2 of the herl).

Wind the thread up 2/3 of the hookshank again, pull the peacock herl forward and secure with thread (Layer 3 of the herl).

Pull the pheasant tail fibres forward and catch in at the same place as that of the peacock herl.

Move the thread up to the eye.

Pull the peacock herl forward towards the eye and secure with thread, trim the waste.

Pull the pheasant tail fibres loosly forward, allowing them to create a type of head and secure with thread. Trim the fibres in front of the hook eye.

The waste pheasant tail fibres can be secured back in and pulled backwards to create the legs, then trimmed to length.

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