- Foam Beetle
I have had real good luck the past several years with black, brown, tan, and especially green beetles. I usually don’t start using them until the dog days of August but I think that I will start using them earlier in the season this year. I am also going to tie this pattern in a larger size to imitate the larger “June Bug” beetles that appear in the beginning of the summer in the evenings and see if the trout favor them as well.
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Hook: TMC 100 #14
Shellback: 1.5 or 2mm foam cut with a River Road Creations Beetle body cutter size 16
Body: Peacock Black Ice Dub for black and green beetles. Brown Ice Dub for brown and tan beetles
Legs: Black Bug Legz or rubber legs
Indicator: Pink or orange glo-bug yarn
As you can see I use a #16 cutter for the foam shellback for a size 14 hook. I have found that River Road cutters go 1 size larger on the hook size for the cutter size (Tiemco hooks). This even applies to their caddis wing cutters. I buy my 2mm foam at Hobby Lobby. They carry a wide selection of colors and the large sheets cost only 99 cents each.
This is a very easy tie and you should carry them in black, brown, tan, and green. I use a couple of different shades of green and I have found that the trout of Dowagaic Creek really like the lime green beetles for some reason – whatever works!