Utility Beetle

colliedog

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Hook: B160 #12
Underbody: peacock glister
Body: Foam cylinder
Post: 2 - 8 strands of polypropylene

I tied a few of these today. I carry them in both my river and stillwater boxes as a general beetle. They also double up as a good dry pattern for the Duo, hence the oversized posts on some.

The shortshank B160 #12 has a shank equivalent to a 14 so by tying them big you can trim both the body and the post down to give a few sizes. The trimmed down version bottom left came out of the box having caught some fussy fish last season.
 
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Wee Jimmy

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Good idea with the sighter post John.....I struggle to see a foam beetle at times due to the way they tend to sit down into the film.I often end up having to twitch them in order to see where they are.
 

colliedog

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Cheers Jimmy, I cant claim any credit as it is a common feature on river beetle patterns, but it helps it stand out in leaf litter. The fish don't seem to mind the post.
 
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