The Bluegill Bug – The Foam Krystal Beetle…………

Some more work from the tying vise while I am enduring the high heat in Northern Colorado. (Actually, as I write this, we have had a day or two of cooler weather. 

Here Fishy, Fishy!)Important to note here:  My patterns are patterns that I have fished with and had good success with.  They work! That does not mean they are my original patterns.  They are not.  With the history of fly tying down through the generations, it is my belief that most ideas have been thought of and tried before I tried them.

So here is the Foam Krystal Beetle, material description, and, some tips on fishing it………….


Thread: Black 6/0

Hook Size: 12 -14 1x Long Dry Fly Hook
Shellback: Black 2MM Foam Approximately the width of the hook gap
Body: Peacock Black Krystal Chenille
Legs: Strands of Peacock Black Krystal Flash
Indicator: 2MM piece of White Foam tied in at leg tie in point
Head: Black thread and Whip Finish
Tied to represent the Black Beetle that often times is blown into the water during Summer and Fall Terrestrial season.  This pattern is effective on both streams and stillwater for Trout and is very effective on the local Bluegill Ponds.
Fishing Instructions:
Use a floating line, of course, for best results.  The “White” indicator on the this fly will help in keeping eye contact with your fly position on the water.  Fish, generally, are not selective when taking a Beetle pattern.  They are on it or they are not!







  1. Thank you, Alan. For some reason, I have not bothered to much with Ant patterns. That is my bad! Thanks for the reminder……. The Krystal Beetle is easy to tie and the fish sure like them during the season of Terrestrials.

  2. You sure do, RD! They are simple to tie and should work for you as well in your fishing opportunities. Appreciate the kind words about my talent. It ain't easy being a Geezer!

  3. Thank you, Walt, for the visit and comment……….

    I really like the use of the Krystal Flash for legs on the Beetle also. That, and the foam white indicator, has really helped me keep sight of it on the water for sure. Plus, I need all the help I can get…

  4. Mel
    Another super pattern that will for sure take many bluegill weather they are spawning or cruising the banks in deep water. I am saving all your patterns for future use. I like the high float characteristics of the Beetle, which enables the legs to have more free movement—–making for some powerful strikes. Thanks for sharing

    • Bill, thanks so much for your kind words on the Krystal Beetle! Bluegill do love it, and, even the Largemouth at times will smack it. Appreciate you saving all my patterns, and, I hope that the new blogging format will make that easier for you and others. Nothing, but, The Bluegill Bug. Fun for all….

      By the way, I see you are working on a new blog title and move to WordPress. You have your first follower as soon as you get things in place. If you need any help, let me know.

  5. Mel—this new blog format may take me longer than I think, mainly because I am so busy right now with the Grandchildren and of course fishing. Got a trip planned next back to the Sipsey—I figure this may be a project in progress on into the fall—-good to have things lined up to do at our age—will contact you if I need help Thanks

    • Bill, take your time and change it, when and if, you feel it is the right thing to do. I am available at any time to help you my friend!

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