Terrestrial Beetle

Scientific Name: order Coleoptera

Planet earth holds an unbelievable variety of beetles. North America hosts over 30,000 species! While there are aquatic beetles , most beetles are land-dwellers. Even though they live on terra firma, sooner or later one of these guys is going to stumble onto the surface of a lake or river. And when it does, a trout will probably gobble it up.

Beetle imitations are good fish catchers in the late summer. At that time of year, beetles, grasshoppers and ants are often found drifting down a river or looking out-of-place on a lake.

Most anglers use a mid-sized beetle imitation, around size 12-16. But beetles come in all sizes, and a very small fly or a very large one can also be productive.


COLOR: Black, brown, green, red

OTHER CHARACTERISTICS: Stiff, shell-like wings; generally flat, oval shape in back


More About Terrestrial Beetles

Terrestrials by Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele.

Click on the fly name to see the pattern. Click on the presentation to learn how to do it.

Adult Foam Beetle 12-16
standard dry fly, chuck-and-sit Bankwater, near lake shores