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Tyler Legg
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Beetles are catching fish throughout the western Carolinas right now. A beetle pattern as simple as a combination of peacock, foam, and rubber legs will entice fish to the surface. With that being said, I want to share with everyone my all time favorite beetle pattern: the Tiger Beetle. Now, some folks may have heard of the Tiger Beetle, or better yet, fished it. If you have fished it, tell me what you think about it. I have been tying a lot of them lately. They have definitely worked for me over the years. The built in indicator is a neat addition to this fantastic bug. I decided to take a few pictures while tying. This isn't really step-by-step instructions, but more of a rough outline of how the Tiger Beetle is tied (really how the shellback is made). Again, an excellent pattern. Try it for yourself this summer.

3 layers of orange and black 2mm foam, super glued together.

 Cut thin strips from the side to create the shellback.

Add some rubber legs. A pretty easy fly to tie.

6 comments:

Brk Trt said...

Nice pattern.
I tie one similar, but yours with the stripe is easier to pick up on the water.

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Oh, this isn't my pattern! Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, MT created this ingenious fly. It really is a huge advantage to have that built in indicator. Convenient.

Lydia said...

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Peter Strid said...

Hey...I like this fly.
You tie-em...I paint em.
I'll try and paint this one soon...you can see some of my others here: http://stridart.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

How do you get the round shape?

Tar Heel Fly Fishing said...

Thanks Lydia!

Peter-- Craig Mathews created a heck of a beetle! By the way, you have got some amazing artwork! Very nice!

Anon-- The round shape comes from tightening the thread down to separate the body from the head. As you tighten the thread, the body starts to look more rounded.

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