Twist Beetle



A beetle imitation with a twist...



No summer is complete for me without some terrestrial fishing. From the frenetic brown trouts feeding on flying ants, cruising fish hammering a White Wing, to the subtle risers looking for drowned insects in the surface film. Fishing with terrestrials are really something!

A fly that has been around for years is the Twist Beetle. I made this fly pretty simple and safe, but with a body made with the "Double magic dubbing"- technique this fly has some impressionistic life built into it.

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ABc&rlargetrout.jpg (18394 bytes) The "Double magic dubbing"- body mix in with the legs - just one round of sparse hackle - and gives an impression of a struggling insect. The technique is at its best when the sun is shining and that is also when the Twist Beetle is at its best.

Make all the different sizes you care or manage. From the larger to the smallest micro patterns - and espesially those in between. Black is the main color, but you may also find some green or brownish patterns useful. A great fly for the everyday summer lake and pond fishing.


André Brun


Twist Beetle


: Mustad R50, # 10-18


: Black UNI 8/0


: Double magic dubbing- technique


: One round of brown/grizzly/dark dun etc.

Back : Black Polycelon



1. Prepare a slice of Polycelon: Width 1,5x body width. Tie in the slice at the bend, pointing backwards. 

2. Use the Double magic dubbing- technique to form a body 4/5 up the shank. 

3. Tie in a hackle and make one turn. Whip-finish.

4. Pull the Polycelon over the body and tie it down at the head. The hackle will be forced down and spread out in a fane shape. Trim the Polycelon to form a head.

Even if I don't want the hackle to lift the fly of the surface film, I do not trim it at the bottom. This way the hackle gives an impression of a struggling beetle with some of it sticking under the fly.

Sjekk vaket! :-)

Look at the rising trout, Let's tell André !  :-)

André © Brun



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