Fly Tying

Wooly Beetle Larva -by Tim Blount

About the Tyer
Tim Blount

Tim Blount
Tim grew up in Salem, Oregon where he fished the steelhead waters of the Northwest. He begun fly fishing at the age of 10 and tying at age 15. Tim's passions are fishing stillwaters, spring creeks and teaching other people to tie flies, cast and fly fish. He has written, or has been featured in, many articles in various fly fishing and outdoor mangazines. Most recently he was featured as the Innovative Fly Tier in the Winter 2006 edition of Northwest Fly Fishing. Tim has managed 5 fly shops in Oregon and Idaho and is currently the lead for Cabelas' largest fly shop at the Boise, Idaho store.


The Wooly Beetle Larva is primarily a still water pattern. Beetle larvae are air breathers and this fly can be fished near the surface with a floating line or deeper with a sinking line. Vary your retrieve until effective.

Hook: #3 Extra long nymph hook
Thread: 8/0 Color not important as long as it’s dark
Legs: Micro rubber legs
Body: Brown wooly chenille
Hackle: Brown hen neck

Wooly Beetle Larva - Step 1

Step One Tie in the micro rubber legs at the bend of the hook.

Wooly Beetle Larva - Step 2

Step Two Splay out the legs and trim to about 1/3 hook shank length.

Wooly Beetle Larva - Step 3

Step Three Wrap thread to just below hook eye. Tie in the wooly chenille and pull along the length of the hook. This will add volume to the body of the fly. Give a couple wraps at the bend of the hook around the wooly chenille.

Wooly Beetle Larva - Step 4

Step Four Wrap the wooly chenille back to the eye of the hook.

Wooly Beetle Larva - Step 5

Step Five Trim the wooly chenille to a tapered tail with scissors.

Wooly Beetle Larva - Step 6

Step Six Tie in and wrap brown hen neck hackle of length reaching to the point of the hook.

Completed Wooly Beetle Larva

Step Seven Wrap to create head and whip finish.

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