#FRIDAYFLYTYING: This foam beetle is a great pattern not only for fishing streams and rivers, but also for stillwater applications as discussed by our friends at the @stillwater_fly_fishing app, specifically along wind-blown banks. It’s a very quick pattern to tie up, and it’s applicable in a range of sizes!
– Hook: W501/W501BL
– Hackle for Legs
– Estaz Chenille
Hook, Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweight size 12
Thread, Uni-8/0 Black
Ribs, Small Silver Wire and Small Uni-Mylar Pearl No.16
Body, Black, Red and Black SSealFur or Sub in equal parts.
Body Hackle, Black Cock
Legs, Dyed Black Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibres
Head Hackle, Grizzle Hen
From the bench at the Fly Shop of the Bighorns located in Sheridan, WY comes season 2 of Zach Andres’ fly tying series. This video features tyer Alyssa Halls of Owl Creek Flies. Owl Creek has some truly drool worthy dyed feathers for sale in their shop, and occasionally on eBay. The Chewy Chubby (Chernobyl?) is tied in the vein of a Chernobyl Ant and featured a bright segmented pink belly. Pink and brown foam is stacked, fused and cut for the body to give it the layered look. The legs are tied on high should sit twitching in the water surface. The hi-vis wing (post) makes sure that the fly is visible in a variety of light conditions, but isn’t visible to the fish below. They also have tan, brown, peach and purple variations of the pattern available in their shop.
Pink Chewy Chubby Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad 1x fine, 3xl dry fly hook, size #10
Thread: UNI 6/0 thread
Belly: 2mm Foam (for belly)
Back: Fused Foam, 4mm
Legs:Medium Barred Rubber Legs
Wing: E.P. Fibers
Head: 2mm Foam (for post)
Glue: Zap a Gap Brush-on
You can follow Zach Andres on vimeo and catch up on the first season of the show.