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Metallic Brown Beetle   -   Originator : Marc Griffiths    |   Size: 14    

The brown beetle, Costelystra zealandica, emerges from pasture from October to November. They live for 2-4 weeks and during this time only take to the air for a few hours at dusk on warm still evenings. Good beetle fishing may however continue the morning after a "hatch" when fish actively mop up drowned revellers.

Many commercial patterns are hackled, and therefore have an unrealistic footprint on the water. 
The Wildflies pattern is tough and floats low in the surface film.
       

                                                       

 
 

 

Fishing tip:  As realistic beetle patterns are not easily seen by the angler, they are often best fished with a small putty indicator or behind a visible dry fly.   

 
 

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