Realistic Red Ladybug Fly
Our Realistic Red Ladybug Fly is an authentic representation of a real ladybug. It is of a right size, oval shape, features the characteristic red color with black spots and markings and flexible legs. It is of the right weight, so when it hits the water it resembles the real insect. This is one of the fly patterns that is a must in any fly box – proved quite deadly during summer months.
Red Ladybug Fly Fishing
Latin: Coccinella septempunctata
Ladybug belongs to a family of small beetles ranging in color – they can be red, yellow or orange and most commonly have small black spots on their wing covers. 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. Some species feed on plants while others are predators and feed on aphids and scale insects, so they can be found near vegetation.
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!