Indicator Beetle

Use this bright foam fly pattern as an indicator and as a fly.

Details

What a great idea. Why waste an indicator? Use this foam fly pattern as an indicator and drop a small nymph off the bottom or fish a small dry fly behind it. Either way, you double your chances as the fish is going to be just as apt to take this beetle as the fly. This fly pattern is a great way to keep track of a midge pattern or a smaller foam pattern fished behind it. Color, Orange.
Sizes: 12, 14.
This item ships directly from the manufacturer only by postal service.
Please verify SHIP TO address is an address that will accept postal deliveries.
Cannot be shipped outside the US.
Express shipping/gift wrapping not available.

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 15 reviews

5-star:
11
4-star:
4
3-star:
0
2-star:
0
1-star:
0

15 of 15 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Indicator - 7/27/2015
    By: from St. Louis, MO

    Used as indicater with nymph below, productive combination.

  • 4/5

    Not durable - 7/19/2015
    By:

    These beetles have caught me a lot of blue Gil and small bass, attract fish with ease but after about 20 fish each the completely fall apart, after about 4 fish the legs lose all color

  • 5/5

    Good Prospecting Fly - 7/7/2015
    By: from Fort Worth, TX

    I used some of these on the Pecos in NM when the fishing reports were calling for large orange stimulators. The fish were smaller in general so I switched to this orange beetle and caught fish immediately. It floats well and is very visible and the legs give a life like action.

  • 5/5

    Effective period - 4/14/2015
    By: from CT
    Top 10 Contributor

    Was introduced to this in 2011 in Montana by the designer, Matt Long. Great guide, awesome angler. I can't seem to find the same exact color foam to tie my own not that it makes a difference and with so many flies to tie for the summer, the price was right on a sale. Noticed that some came through though with different leg colors. I believe that the pumpkin barred work a tad better for some reason. Some came through with a beige standard leg for some reason last year. Since then they seem to be back to the pumpkin barred. Either way, simple, effective, no brainer terrestrial. Easy for my clients and myself to see, that's key.

  • 5/5

    Hopper for the Dropper - 10/17/2014
    By: from Bozeman, Mt

    Stick a scud under this terrestrial and you will be getting fish both on top and under the water.

  • 4/5

    solid bug - 9/29/2014
    By:

    I have have a couple using this beetle for pan fish, and small bass, overall its a very well built fly, iv caught plenty of fish on it and its still going strong. only down side is the legs get bit of but thats no biggie.

  • 4/5

    9/3/2014
    By:

  • 5/5

    Can't say enough good about this gem! - 7/15/2014
    By: from CT
    Top 10 Contributor

    Guide Matthew Long's gem! Time after time this beetle has taken trout for me in the heat of the summer on the yellowstone river and here on my home waters in New England. Simple design and deadly alone or better yet with a small dropper. One of my go to terrestrials as a guide here in New England in the summer months. Can't go wrong with it!

  • 5/5

    Simple and effective - 3/24/2014
    By: from CT
    Top 10 Contributor

    I can't tie enough of these with the time I have so when they went on sale, I stocked up. I know the designer personally and he's a top gun guide. Great idea, simple and deadly.

  • 5/5

    No brainer! - 1/1/2014
    By: from CT
    Top 10 Contributor

    The guide who designed this was my guide this summer in Montana, Matthew Long, top of his field! This simple little beetle has taken trout for me consistently. With a dropper like a PT flashback, it's deadly. A proven winner time after time. Great job Matt !!!! You're the man!!

Learn More

Indicator Beetle

Easy-to-see terrestrial is hard for trout to resist

Matthew Long, owner and operator of Long Outfitting in Livingston, MT has more than two decades of guiding and fly fishing experience in the Rocky Mountains, the northeast, and Florida. He’s also a fly tier. Even after years of fishing and guiding out west, he knows there always a new pattern out there that will outfish others. It’s just a matter of keeping your eyes open on the water to see how the fish behave. The Indicator Beetle is just such a fly. Ever since he first tied and fished it, it’s been the most successful fly for cutts he’s ever used. And it works for big browns and bows too.

Orvis News: What inspired the creation of the Indicator Beetle? What was missing from other flies that you wanted to achieve?

Matt Long: The main reason I developed it was from my experience fishing the spring creeks in Paradise Valley in the fall. My father, who’s fished and guided in the area for many years too, noticed that in the fall in particular, trout kept hitting our orange indicator putty when we were nymphing. I mean A LOT. More than they were taking our flies. It was one of those ideas that seem so obvious. So simple. They loved the color. Not a lot of complexity to it. So, I thought, what pattern would work well where you could get that orange color on a more solid bodied fly? The answer was the beetle. It sits on the surface pretty good, and fish will also take it just under the film. Yet it has a solid appearance, so the orange is highly visible. Thus the name, Indicator Beetle.

Orvis News: Did you have luck with it right away or did you have to tinker with the pattern?

Matt Long: Oh, we had luck right away. And lots of luck. It has been our very hottest fly for a few years now. We tie hundreds of them and our clients go right through them. They love them and the fish love them. This one called for little tinkering, except for the fisherman’s own aesthetic taste. We’ve used black rubber legs and deer hair legs, and settled on the mottled pumpkin legs, but that seems more to please the fisherman’s eye than the trout's. We’ve had equal success in every incarnation.

Orvis News: So is it only good in the fall then?

Matt Long: No. No. It’s great all year long, especially on the cutts, though it works well for browns and bows too. My father landed the biggest brown he’s ever caught on the Yellowstone with a client on the Indicator beetle. And he’s fished a long time.

Orvis News: So it’s not just for cutts then?

Matt Long: No. We’ve had success on every species of trout. The cutts just seem to love it even more.

Orvis News: What are the best techniques for fishing it?

Matt Long: Well, we fish a lot of tandem rigs out here, so we often fish them behind a dry, a BWO or an Adams. Those dries are hard to see on big water, so we started use the Indicator Beetle as a way for clients to better track those tiny dries. Well, we ended up getting three quarters of our fish on the beetle. And I mean this is during BWO hatches, or other hatches, where we are matching the hatch closely and they are feeding on naturals. Yet they hit that Indicator Beetle more than I ever believed they would. It’s really an awesome fly. It’s one of those things where the obvious answer finally jumps out and you see it. And it’s the simple, easy answer. That doesn’t happen often. It’s the best, most successful fly in my and many, many guides’ boxes out here. It’s been a secret for several years. But I guess that is about to end. Grab a dozen of these to keep on hand and get results when nothing else is working. Or, fish them first thing, why wait?

-By Eric Rickstad, editor-in-chief, The Orvis News.

Buy it now

Select an item: SI80GT
  • Indicator Beetle $1.75
Quantity   Add To Basket