Realistic Pink Ladybug Fly
Our Realistic Pink Ladybug Fly is an authentic representation of a real Coleomegilla maculata, known as pink spotted lady beetle. It is of a right size, has the ladybug oval shape, features the characteristic bright pink color with black spots and markings, as well as the three sets of flexible legs. It is of the right weight, so when it hits the water it resembles the real insect. A pink color of this pattern acts as an additional trigger to provoke some good strikes. Realistic Pink Ladybug Fly is one of the fly patterns that is a must in any fly box – a super effective fly!
Pink Spotted Ladybug Fly Fishing
Latin: Coleomegilla maculata
Ladybug belongs to a family of small beetles ranging in color – they can be red, pink, yellow or orange and most commonly have small black spots on their wing covers. All ladybugs go through four-stage life cycle known as complete metamorphosis. As they are in essence beetles, and not true bugs, more correct names would be ladybird beetles or lady beetles. Ladybugs are small in size, ranging from few millimeters to about 1 cm in length.
Pink spotted ladybugs are native to North American continent. They primarily feed on aphids and can be found near vegetation. Pink ladybugs are most abundant in September, just before they go into winter hibernation. They emerge again in the spring time to mate and later lay the eggs. These little insects can be found in the fields, farms, gardens, meadows, so when fishing a stream nearby, this can be a great fly pattern to fish with.
Fly Fishing Terrestrial Flies
Terrestrial insects are land-bred. Some of the species of terrestrials include: hoppers (grasshoppers), ants, beetles, bees, crickets, etc.
Terrestrials are one of the essential food sources for trout and other game fish during summer months. Hot summer months are when the aquatic insects become sparse, the trout is the most active and grows the fastest. This is when terrestrials become their most important food source as a rich source of protein. A terrestrial falling into the water is a great and nutritious meal for fish as these insects are usually bulkier and heavier than aquatic insects and they provide a large calorie intake when the trout need it most.
Terrestrial fly patterns are effective from May till October, and sometimes even into the November.
As terrestrials are most active and most likely to fall in the river during the day, the best time to fish these fly patterns is anytime from late morning all the way through the evening. Windy days are best as the wind ‘pushes’ them to the water. Optimal locations to present terrestrial patterns is along cut banks, grassy shorelines or under big trees – places where fish wait for them – easy meals just dropping in. As these insects will eventually be pulled further into the river – midstream can also be a good place to present your fly.
On smaller streams fish are depending mostly on terrestrials as their food source. Small waters don’t have the high-energy riffles where the aquatic insects spend much of their lifecycles. For fishing small streams – terrestrials are a must.
Being it mid-summer, early fall, or the midst of spring – fishing terrestrial fly patterns can provide top dry-fly action!