Bro Staff Beetle

Cheech - January, 2018

The name of this fly is because "beetle" and "bro-staff" both start with the letter B. That's it. But if you end up getting a sponsorship that gets you all kinds of fancy rods, reels, creams, and lotions, please let us know, because we need that stuff too...

Now down to business... Beetles are fish magnets, but they also can kind of be hard to see because they are kind of low profile and black, - similar to Curtis' 72 Cadillac Coup DeVille. That's fine if you are fishing really flat/slow water, but if you are dealing with more riffles, mending, and all that jazz, it's nice to have a fly that is a bit more visible. This isn't really anything brand new because there are tons and tons of beetle patterns out there made of peacock and foam, but it's kind of my modification. I've also not really ever been happy with the legs on my beetle patterns. I have tried the bent and crushed moose trick, rubber legs, wrapped hackle, and Big B's beard. They all work (especially the beard), but when we did the 20 incher video, I realized that the pull over hackle technique has many more uses than just nymphs. After a bit of experimentation, and I found that I like hen cape hackle and starling the best for this beetle because it's softer and adds lots of movement. There are lots of variations for this one and the colors can be endless. Feathers can be swapped out, peacock can be subbed out for dubbing, foam can be switched for CDC, etc etc. Best of all, it's a pretty quick tie! Tie some up and get your summer box looking gooooood.

** I used hen hackle in the video, but I listed starling in the recipe. Either will work well. 4B hen capes from Whiting work really well for this.

~ Cheech

Material List
  • Hook: Firehole Sticks 609 Nymph Wet - 12
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Black
  • Body: Peacock Eye Sticks
  • Hackle: Whiting Red Label Hen Cape - Black
  • Over-Body: Fly Tying Foam - 2mm - Black
  • Wing: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - Quick Silver
  • Wing: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - UV Green
  • Hackle Pliers: C&F Design Bobbin
  • Whip Finisher: Loon Ergo Quick Cut Whip Finisher
  • Scissors: Renzetti Short Serrated Scissors
  • Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    $1.99
    Fly Tying Foam - 2mm
    Fly Tying Foam - 2mm

    Fly Tying Foam - 2mm

    $1.99
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers

    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers

    $9.49
    Whiting 4B Hen Cape
    Whiting 4B Hen Cape

    Whiting 4B Hen Cape

    $19.95
    Peacock Eye Sticks
    Peacock Eye Sticks

    Peacock Eye Sticks

    $4.50
    Loon Ergo Quick Cut Whip Finisher
    Loon Ergo Quick Cut Whip Finisher

    Loon Ergo Quick Cut Whip Finisher

    $12.99
    Firehole Sticks 609 Nymph Wet
    Firehole Sticks 609 Nymph Wet

    Firehole Sticks 609 Nymph Wet

    $7.25
    C&F Design Bobbin
    C&F Design Bobbin
    C&F Design Bobbin

    C&F Design Bobbin

    $47.95
    Renzetti Short Serrated Scissors
    Renzetti Short Serrated Scissors

    Renzetti Short Serrated Scissors

    $39.95