Lady Bug Fly

Lady Bug

A charming pattern that mimics the well-known garden insect.

How it's tied

The Lady Bug fly is typically tied on a small hook, usually in sizes 14 to 18. The body is often created from black and red foam to replicate the ladybug's distinctive shape and coloration.

After the foam is secured to the hook, it's then carefully cut and shaped to form the rounded body and partitioned wings of a ladybug. Small black dots can be added to the red wing covers for an extra touch of realism.

While the Lady Bug fly may require some precision in cutting and shaping the foam, its construction is fairly straightforward, making it a fun and accessible project for tiers of all skill levels.

What it mimics

As its name suggests, the Lady Bug fly is designed to mimic a ladybug. These tiny beetles are common around bodies of water, especially during the warmer months, and can occasionally end up on the water's surface, becoming an easy meal for a hungry fish.

Where it's used

The Lady Bug fly is especially effective in still waters, such as ponds and slow-moving streams, where its distinctive profile can be easily seen by fish.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Lady Bug

Brook trout

Brown Trout

Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout


Marble Trout

Rainbow Trout



Beetles (Latin: Coleoptera)

The Lady Bug mimics one or more species from the insect order Beetles

Latin: Coleoptera

Coleoptera, or beetles, are diverse insects characterized by their hardened wing covers, which protect their delicate hindwings.

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