By John van Vliet, USA
1. Start thread at the middle of hook shank.
2. Snip a small bundle of deer hair, about the diameter of a pencil.
3. Hold deer hair by tips, and comb out short underfur with dubbing needle.
4. Tie in butt end of deer hair at middle of hook shank, with tips facing back. Don't be concerned if butts flare slightly; wind thread over them to secure.
5. Trim any excess butts, then wind thread back to hook bend.
6. Tie in two or three strands of herl and trim butt ends. Wind thread forward to 1/8 inch behind eye.
7. Wrap herl forward around shank and secure with several turns of thread. Trim excess herl.
8. Bring tips of deer hair forward over herl and tie in just behind eye to form shellback. Make several firm wraps with thread, and whip-finish.
9. Trim off excess tips to form head of beetle.
10. Snip one or two strands from each side of rear of body to form legs. Apply head cement.
Fishing the Deer-hair Beetle:
Credits: From John Van Vliet's The Art of Fly Tying published by Cowles Creative Publishing. We sincerely thank them for use permission.
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