Weapon of Mass Destruction


I'd like to introduce you to the Weapon of Mass Destruction.  Hey wait a minute, you say, that's a black deer hair beetle, nothing special.  Well you're right, of course, but in the past three or so years that I have been fishing this fly at Montauk, my success has been so good that I renamed the fly.  It's particularly a good choice from mid-summer through fall, especially in the afternoon when the air temperature has warmed up.  If the trout are looking up and taking bugs off the surface, try this fly; it's a great hatch buster.

This fly floats forever, especially if you dope it up before fishing it.  It can be really hard to see on the water, but so far I've resisted adding any color to the fly, because it fishes so well as is.  Try to watch carefully where it lands on the water; then it becomes easier to follow the fly's drift.  Sometimes I'll drop it off a more visible dry fly to keep track of it.

Chris Seep, Ozark Fly Fishers


#14 dry fly hook
#6 black unithread or equivalent
Peacock herl
Black deer hair
Fibers from a mallard flank feather. Do not omit the tail. I'm convinced that it's a large part of the appeal of this fly. Probably represents the beetle's wings poking out of his partially opened shellback

Tying Instructions

  1. Layer thread from just behind the hook eye to the bend of the hook.
  2. Tie in a few mallard flank fibers to create a tail.
  3. Select a bunch of black deer hair, a little larger than you would use for an Elk Hair Caddis and cut it from the skin. Do not bother to align the tips. Even the cut ends with your scissors and tie onto the hook one-third forward from the bend. Gradually increase your tension on the thread as you tie, and the butts of the deer hair will flare around the hook. Trim these close to the hook with your scissors.
  4. Tie in two strands of peacock herl on top of the deer hair butts. Wind the peacock forward to within one-quarter shank's length behind the hook eye and tie off.
  5. Gather the deer hair tightly, giving it a slight twist and pull it forward, tying it off at the same point you tied off the peacock.
  6. Lift the tips of the deer hair and place thread wraps forward of them and tie off using you whip finisher.
  7. Clip the deer hair tips to create a head, as you would do with an Elk Hair Caddis.
  8. At the rear of the fly, with our scissor tips tease out two or three hairs from each side of the body to create legs.