Foam Beetle Fly

Foam Beetle

A dry fly that's relatively easy to tie, clearly visible to both angler and fish, imitating a beetle that fell in the water.

How it's tied

The Foam Beetle is tied using a short shank hook and a combination of materials to create a high-floating, visible profile. The body is formed from layers of foam, typically in black or other dark colors, which are cut to shape and then securely attached to the hook shank. Rubber or silicone legs are added on each side of the body, giving the fly lifelike movement and further enhancing its appeal. A bright-colored indicator, usually made from foam or yarn, can be added to the top of the beetle for increased visibility if the body was made from a dark color. 

What it mimics

The Foam Beetle is designed to imitate various beetle species and other terrestrial insects that find themselves on the water's surface. Its floating profile, lifelike movement, and easy-to-see indicator make it an attractive target for opportunistic fish species that feed on terrestrial insects.

Where it's used

The Foam Beetle can be used in any freshwater type. It is most effective in areas where you will find terrestrial insects, and where they are most likely to fall in the water, such as near overhanging trees, bushes, or grassy banks. To fish the Foam Beetle effectively, present it gently on the water's surface, allowing it to drift naturally or using subtle twitches to mimic a struggling insect.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Foam Beetle


Brook trout

Brown Trout


Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout



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Rainbow Trout




Insect orders relevant to the Foam Beetle

These are insect orders of which one or more species are mimicked by the Foam Beetle.



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