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A small beetle pattern made with a foam wing case and peacock herl body. Rubber legs are added to provide some action to the fly, and a high visibility indicator is added to help see the fly on the water.
Fly Tying Guide
Prepare the black foam by cutting off strips equal to the hook gap in width.
Place the hook in the vise and secure the thread behind the eye, advance the thread back so there is a couple eye lengths of shank.
Tie in the black foam and advance the thread back to the start of the hook bend forming an even underbody.
Tie in 3-5 strands of peacock herl, advance the thread back to the tie in point for the foam.
Wrap the peacock herl to the tie in point and secure. Snip off any excess.
Fold the foam forward and secure with tight wraps, make sure to keep the foam on the top of the shank.
Trim the foam even with the hook eye to form the head.
With a length of legging material about four inches long, fold it in half and then secure it at the tie in point.
Adjust the legs so they are even and then snip the loop, pull the legs to the side and trim as desired.
Prepare a small piece of foam as an indicator, a thin strip works well or a round dot created with a hole punch. Tie in the indicator with tight wraps and trim the foam if necessary.
Whip finish the fly at the tie in point and apply head cement.
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