Since summer is half over I thought July would be a good month to feature a terrestrial fly the foam beetle as the Fly in Focus. Beetles are abundant in many different varieties in the warmer months and are often a great way to catch fish on top of the water. I tie foam beetles in the mid range of sizes between 12-16, although smaller ones may be more effective on smaller streams or wary trout. After scouring several different resources I found these tips for fishing foam beetles helpful to the beginner fly fisherman.
- Summer is often touted as the terrestrial season but fishing beetles doesn’t have to be limited to June, July, and August.
- Many suggest that beetles are best fished near the banks where they might naturally fall out of a tree into the water, but several suggest that fishing a beetle in the center of the stream should not be overlooked.
- I read a couple people mention that beetle flies will often float upside down or on its side, and a brightly colored foam (like pictured above) might throw a fish off, but I haven’t fished them enough to evaluate this. It makes sense, and I definitely will have to try them both ways!
- Don’t be afraid to twitch a beetle occasionally, but use action sparingly. They are, after all, terrestrial insects and are trying to either flip over, get to land, or both.
- Although it may not seem natural to fish a foam beetle under the surface, it is not uncommon for beetles to sink. If fish are not hitting it floating high and dry, experts suggest adding a little weight ahead of the beetle to drag it into the water.
I’m sure there are lots of other great tips for fishing foam beetles or other terrestrials but I’ll stop there. If anyone has anything else they’d like to share with others please leave it in the comments below. Also, I’m interested in adding photos of readers with their catches so if you happen to find success with a foam beetle (or any fly for that matter) send me a picture with a summary of the event and I’ll start posting them!