Goldentrout: That is interesting what you say about the tail on the beetle pattern as that is exactly what I was thinking when I read the article, but I guess if it works. That tail would sure would give some good movement in the water and maybe that is why it works.Great post mcnerney!
When I first started fishing Pyramid I used a Cortland shooting head tied off to a 100' running line. MAN! I couldn't get used to that knot banging it's way through my rod guides. I picked up a T-300 for my Sage RPL 9.5', 8wt. MUCH BETTER!! Who says everything about the old days was good? Thank you Jim Teeny!
The beetles I have were tied by a guy I know and are a little different. I could be mistaken but I think he ties the original beetle. It is without a tail. He also does his own intrerpretation of the bug by tying off the front of the foam and folding it back over the body and tying off again to form a head. Then he trims the body into a more full sort of ladybug shape. We like dots or wiggle lines on the back too. I'm sure his version impresses people more than fish, but I like it. I see, for sale, mostly white foam and chartreuse online. I have never seen the tail until recenly. Perhaps I need to catch up! My personal favorite is chartreuse foam and peacock without a tail. But the color white does rule the water sometimes on the lake.
BTW, has anyone mentioned that one should not forget to rinse and wipe off their gear after fishing. The alkaline water will do a number on your rod finish. Some guys, like the cultist, use Medalist Rim Control reels that don't see regular cleaning. The water eats the paint right off the Phlueger reels. Not good for line coatings the guts of any reel.