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Disc O’Beetle

Disc O’Beetle

Disc O’Beetle

Designed by Harrison Steeves III

Materials Needed:

  • Hook: Tiemco 2487, #12-16.  This model hook works better than a standard wide gape dry fly hook for this pattern.  The curvature of the hook allows plenty of room between the body and the hook point.
  • Thread:  6/0, color of choice
  • Body:  2mm Craft foam punched match the size of the hook using a leather punch
  • Underbody:  Peacock Herl or Kreinik Braid
  • Wings:  Kreinik 1/8” Ribbon, #850 - Mallard  ( Legs may be substituted for the wings if desired.  I use either fine or medium round rubber leg material in colors to either match or contrast with the body color.)

Tying Directions:

  1. Wrap the hook shank with thread back to a point even with the barb of the hook.  Tie in two to four (or more) peacock herl fibers.  The number of herl fibers used depends upon the size of the fly.
  2. Wrap the thread forward to the eye of the hook.  Wrap the peacock herl or Kreinik Braid forward to the eye of the hook, tie it off and trim away the excess. Wrap the tying thread back through the peacock herl and then forward to the point at which you wish the head of the beetle to be formed.  This procedure reinforces the herl and eliminates breakage of fibers.
  3. Place a foam disc on top of the hook shank with the front of the disc extending just over the eye of the hook.  About one quarter of the disc should be extending forward from the point at which the tying thread is positioned on the hook shank.  The forward extending portion of the foam will thus form the head of the beetle.  The remainder extending toward the rear, will form the body of the beetle.
  4. Fold the foam disc evenly over the hook shank and tie it down.  At this point you should have a good head and body formed.  Give it another ten or twelve tight wraps of thread so the body will not turn on the hook shank.  A small amount of super glue can be applied to the underside of the finished fly if your fly bodies turn, but tight thread wraps are usually all that is necessary.
  5. Legs or wings can be tied in on the sides of the body and trimmed to appropriate length.  I usually tie this beetle with wings no longer or just slightly longer than the body of the beetle.  Once the legs or wings are tied in, whip finish and remove thread.

  
This pattern was originally featured in the article “Terrestrials 101” written by Harrison Steeves, III in the November/December 1996 issue of Fly Fish America.

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