Hatches Made Easy:
Beetles - (Carabidae)
Just to make sure there is no confusion, I want to mention that there are both
terrestrial and aquatic species of beetles in the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park. This is a huge group of insects. This is about the terrestrial beetle.
These insects live just about everywhere. The ones most important to anglers
are the ones that live near the streams, rocks, vegetation and plant debris.
I'm sure you have heard of the Japanese beetle and the June Bug. Those are
just two of hundreds of different beetles that can fall into the water.
Most of the time it is not important to match a particular beetle. There is not
enough of any one species available for the trout to recognize them as such and
there are not enough of any one species that I have ever noticed for the trout to
become selective on a particular species. As long as the fly is in the general
shape of a beetle, it will probably catch trout. Beetles come in all colors so I
doubt the color is important.
If you notice quite a few beetles of any type, color and size, along the banks of a
stream and the wind happen to be blowing fairly strong, it may be a good time to
try a beetle imitation. Quite frankly, that is the only time and situation I use
a beetle imitation. High wind will blow a lot of them in the streams (along with a
lot of everything else). If you happen to be in open areas or fields, you may
prefer to try a hooper imitation but if you are in the woods, a beetle may possibly
work better when the wind is blowing strong.
Coming Up Next:
Misc. Terrestrials - Bees, wasp, leafhoppers, etc.
Copyright 2008 James Marsh
I think this is a beetle but I am not positive.