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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:51 am 
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Brown Trout

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I was fishing downstream to give some room for the fabulous guide and her fabulous client upstream. And I was on the Smith. One fish came up and said 'You aint Ben' and finned his nose at me.


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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:01 pm 
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I keep telling you guys ....you got to learn to walk on top of the water.Dust your boots with frog fanny......works for me

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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:51 pm 
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peewee wrote:
I keep telling you guys ....you got to learn to walk on top of the water.Dust your boots with frog fanny......works for me

That only works to give me the appearance of an emerger hopelessly trapped in or just below the film. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:04 pm 
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Well what works better the fat round beetles or the longer segmented beetles in you all's opinion?

The longer segmented seem to be on the stream banks when I fall and bust my a$$ in the leaves. The fat round ones like the Japanese beetle seem to be more like a hatch for a shorter time.

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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
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That Townsend beetle is the best I have ever used :twisted: :D


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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:22 pm 
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flyman wrote:
That Townsend beetle is the best I have ever used :twisted: :D

Where canyou see a picture and recipe at? :) Heard about that one more than once.

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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:56 pm 
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"That Townsend beetle is the best I have ever used" Big mouth! :evil: Last time I tell you anything. PM the srbandit, he has the recipe.


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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:22 pm 
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One thing I do is pay attention to other hunters and fishermen. Always something to learn from others. :)
Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:43 pm 
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Here's mine. 2 layers of foam, black on bottom and orange on top. Then color the orange sides black. Peacock hearl underbody and rubber legs. #12 hook. It's pretty rough on the bream too.


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 Post subject: Re: Big beetles?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:15 pm 
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Wow, how did I miss this thread? Maybe I was out fishing...

I like to fish big beetles for brown trout, especially on the S. Holston. I like it because I think there are 2 main factors for me in beetle fishing, and they are 1) stealth--with enough stealth I think it's possible to catch really large trout on beetles, and 2) it feeds my tying addiction & lets me experiment. Most of my beetles are size 4 or 6 (I use Gamakatsu B10S) and are tied with some kind of shiny foam, rubber legs, some kind of peacock dubbing or herl, some kind of wing, and a bright indicator on top.

Here's a video I took while out beetle fishing by myself this spring:

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Here's a decent SoHo rainbow that took a big beetle; from the looks of its' fins & body I suspect this rainbow was wild/stream-born:

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Here's my favorite pattern, and I have fairly large hands:

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A lot of what I've learned about tying beetles & other terrestrials is straight out of Harry Steeve's book Tying Flies with Foam, Fur, and Feathers.


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