Fix the hook to the vice, use a Tiemco 2302 or similar, # 12
This brass plier was hand made by myself but you build one and shape it to your preference.
Place a piece of 3 mm foam inside the brass plier.
Cut the excess foam with a scissor.
Burn the foam around the plier.
A view of the shaped foam.
Tie the foam.
Take a piece of black plastic tube.
Tie it on the hook shank.
Tie the other two pieces.
Put a little drop of Bug Bond on each leg and foam.
Fix it using a UV lamp.
Create a loop and put the hot orange seal fur inside them. This is my favourite color body for beetles.
Twist the loop.
Turn the dubbing around the hook shank, create a bump around the legs, stop dubbing before the last pair of legs.
Fold back the black foam and fix it with a few turns.
Term the body, cut off the excess.
Take a piece of very thin plastic broom hair, I use brush hair from the sides of mosquito nets.
Tie the antennae.
Fold again the black foam and tie it strongly.
Tie the final knot to the fly.
Cut the foam excess.
Trim the orange seal fur excess.
Press the legs with a round plier.
Fold back the legs and give a little touch with a cauterizer, the legs will remain in the right position. Do the same for all legs.
Cut the the legs and antennae.
Burn the needle and put it on the middle of the body, just a little touch to give it the right shape.
Put on a piece of plastic or glass a little drop of Bug Bond and mix with a very little drop of black paint, I use black Cellire. With a needle make the black drops on the antennae.
Fix with UV lamp. The Fishing Beetle is ready to fish on, if you like to change colors you can paint it with acrylic iridescent colors and cover it with Bug Bond, or epoxy 5 min.
It is possibile to add wings in order to have a better effect when fishing. Take a piece of pearlescent sheet, in this case green.
Put it inside a brass plier.
Trim the excess, then burn around it.
The wings are ready.
Using a black permanent marker paint the back side of the wings.
Tie again the tying thread between the two parts of the beetle.
Fold the wing as in the picture.
Put the wings in the right position.
Give a few turn of tying thread and then remouve the plier.
Trim the excess.
Finish the fly with two knots.
The wings in the right position.
Put a few drops of Bug Bond on the back side of the wing.
Fold back the wings and fix with the UV lamp.
The Winged Fishing beetle.