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Gaja’s Winged Fishing Beetle

This is one of my favorite flies for fishing trout and grayling on the rivers of northern Italy and Austria. I started to tie this beetle in 2000 and over the years I kept improving it, changing its materials and shape. The first model was made of foam and broom hair covered by epoxy, the belly was View more...
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Gaja’s Winged Fishing Beetle
List of materials
Finished fly image
Steps

Step 1

Fix the hook to the vice, use a Tiemco 2302 or similar, # 12

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Step 2

This brass plier was hand made by myself but you build one and shape it to your preference.

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Step 3

Place a piece of 3 mm foam inside the brass plier.

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Step 4

Cut the excess foam with a scissor.

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Step 5

Burn the foam around the plier.

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Step 6

A view of the shaped foam.

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Step 7

Tie the foam.

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Step 8

Take a piece of black plastic tube.

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Step 9

Tie it on the hook shank.

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Step 10

Tie the other two pieces.

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Step 11

Put a little drop of Bug Bond on each leg and foam.

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Step 12

Fix it using a UV lamp.

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Step 13

Create a loop and put the hot orange seal fur inside them. This is my favourite color body for beetles.

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Step 14

Twist the loop.

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Step 15

Turn the dubbing around the hook shank, create a bump around the legs, stop dubbing before the last pair of legs.

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Step 16

Fold back the black foam and fix it with a few turns.

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Step 17

Term the body, cut off the excess.

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Step 18

Take a piece of very thin plastic broom hair, I use brush hair from the sides of mosquito nets.

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Step 19

Tie the antennae.

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Step 20

Fold again the black foam and tie it strongly.

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Step 21

Tie the final knot to the fly.

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Step 22

Cut the foam excess.

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Step 23

Trim the orange seal fur excess.

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Step 24

Final body.

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Step 25

Press the legs with a round plier.

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Step 26

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.

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Step 27

Cut the the legs and antennae.

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Step 28

Final legs.

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Step 29

Burn the needle and put it on the middle of the body, just a little touch to give it the right shape.

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Step 30

Right shape.

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Step 31

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.

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Step 32

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.

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Step 33

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.

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Step 34

Put it inside a brass plier.

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Step 35

Trim the excess, then burn around it.

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Step 36

The wings are ready.

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Step 37

Using a black permanent marker paint the back side of the wings.

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Step 38

Tie again the tying thread between the two parts of the beetle.

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Step 39

Fold the wing as in the picture.

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Step 40

Put the wings in the right position.

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Step 41

Give a few turn of tying thread and then remouve the plier.

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Step 42

Trim the excess.

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Step 43

Finish the fly with two knots.

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Step 44

The wings in the right position.

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Step 45

Put a few drops of Bug Bond on the back side of the wing.

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Step 46

Fold back the wings and fix with the UV lamp.

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Step 47

The Winged Fishing beetle.

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