This is my first version of the Super Beetle shared by Cathy Beck in the Aug-Sep 2013 Fly Fisherman magazine. As you can see, I sometimes go off-script. I have used beetles with various levels of success and my kids really almost enjoy helping with the tying. I like to show these type of flies to kids because it is something they easily recognize. Kind of a show stopper when justifying my fly fishing passion.
I will give this fly a try on one of my favorite Utah rivers in a couple weeks and I'll let you know if it works. Don't be surprised to see a photo of my son holding one of my fish. He does that a lot.
Are there any flies that you like to tie with kids? Something that works but also is a good intro to fly tying.