Besides the standard collection of bug wings, midges, and mashed exoskeletons, I had noticed that there where an abundance of beetle parts and the occasional whole beetle. I even found a few ladybugs which is as we all know is just a colorful beetle.
For my beetles I use a very simple tying pattern that is not only extremely easy to tie but also uses only three ingredients beyond the hook.
Black Peacock Beetle
1- Size 16-12 dry fly hook
2- Black Thread 6/0
3- Black Deer Hair
4- Peacock Hurl
To tie this beetle I secure the deer hair to the hook using the black thread and then tie in the peacock hurl and wrap it forward. After tying off the hurl slightly back from the eye of the hook I bring the black Deer Hair over the hurl to form the back of the beetle. I then tie it off and trim the rest of the hair at an angle equal to the bend of the eye. I then used a little white nail polish to add a spot to the back of the beetle just so I can easily pick this black bug up on a flowing river.
If trout are coming up to feed this beetle will be a good fly to tie on. I have found that on warm afternoons this fly is the most effective. It truly is a VERY simple fly and has out-fished the more attractive flies on more than a few occasions. For those that enjoy an afternoon of Bream fishing, the Black Beetle is a fly that cant be beat. If you are wondering why I just don't use the new foam styles of beetles and the simple truth is that I just don't like it as much as natural materials. Call it personal taste but that's how I roll.