Another fly from the latest swap. On a roll!
Fiery Brown and Black Beetle
Size 14 hook
Black thread (I used 6/0)
Fine gauge copper
Crow feather fibres (I also used deer hair, but the feathers have a much more beetle like texture)
Fiery Brown dubbing – I mixed this batch up in my coffee grinder (permanently nicked from the kitchen) with a mixture of brown super possum and some hot orange nymph lifecycle. Seals fur is the norm if you can get it.
- Start your thread – I usually leave a bit of a gap at the eye as I tend to crowd it otherwise… Wind on a little past the bend, and come back halfway. The idea is to leave a bit of a tag.
- Tie in your wire ribbing, don’t forget to leave a bit of a tag.
- Tie in half a dozen of so crow feather fibres by the ends – adjust amount as required for larger hooks or according to taste.
- Dub on your body – aim for a bit of a bulge in the middle. Stop when the thread stops (remember, you left a gap for visual cue didn’t you?)
- Wind your ribbing wire forward, tie it off and trim/break off the tag.
- Carefully pull the crow forward to the eye – you’re trying to keep them parallel to each other.
- Tie it off – I usually start a little back from the eye, wind forward to the eye to trap it, then fold the ends back, wind back a couple of turns and then trim what’s left.
- Whip finish.