The Veetle SBS
– Dry fly hook
– 2mm craft foam
– peacock herl
– peacock krystal flash
For September’s fly of the month, Blake is walking us through a fly he ties called the veetle. Not a hard tie, but very effective. It was one that worked up in Rocky Mountain National Park, but should be deadly on local ponds too.
Step 1. Start thread at the hook eye. Wrap to the bend. This is where we will tie in the foam
Step 2. Cut a strip of black craft foam. Trim to a point and tie in along the shank of the hook. I like to stretch the foam where I am going to tie it in so that it isn’t too thick on the shank.
Step 3. Tie in a few strands of ostrich herl and bring thread forward a little behind the eye.
Step 4. I put a layer of super glue on the shank and wrap the herl forward. Tie it down and cut off the extra. If you want to reinforce the herl, leave a tag end of thread on the shank when you put on your base layer and use that to overwrap the herl.
Step 5. Put some super glue on the underside of the foam and pull it over the top of the herl. Tie it in behind the eye.
Step 6. Tie in 4 strands of krystal flash on one side of the hook. Then bring it between the foam and the hook eye to the other side of the hook. Tie it in on the other side.
Step 7. Tie in an indicator to make the fly easier to see. Part off the thread.
Step 8. Trim the legs to just behind the back end of the fly.
Step 9. Trim the foam extending over the eye and cut off the corners so that it is somewhat round. Also, trim the indicator to a length of your liking. Finished fly. Worked on greenback cutthroat, I would imagine that it would work on bluegill also.