A TWEETLE BEETLE PUDDLE PADDLE BATTLE. For you Fox in Socks fans, check out today’s Three Things as we get down low with some fun beetle facts – from the 59 species that call ND home, to a pattern that keeps the panfish biting – we’ve got all the fun you can pile on six legs.
WEATHER (Bismarck Conditions):
Transitioning to a nice weekend as the low pressure system moves north. Gusty west winds continue for one more day.
Today: Thu 6/15 – Partly cloudy, continued westerlies. Hi 80, Lo 55, Winds W @ 18 mph.
Tomorrow: Fri 6/16 – Clouds increasing, less windy. Hi 80, Lo 58, Winds W @ 14 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:48AM Sunset: 9:39PM
Moonrise: 1:03AM Moonset: 11:41AM
Overhead: 6:18AM Underfoot: 6:42PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (68% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30 – 6:30 AM – Winds will be stiff out of the west, but not as strong as later in the day. Take advantage of sunrise and an overhead moon to catch an early morning bite.
THE ENTIRE BEETLES CATALOG. It probably doesn’t go for as much as the musical group’s recordings, but did you know there are 59 species of beetles that live in North Dakota? Check out the entire group at Insect Identification, from the deceptively mean-looking Stag Beetle to the bling-bling of the Golden Tortoise Beetle, and see how many you recognize!
SHE’S A LADY. Thanks to accidental introduction, and purposeful population by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, everyone’s favorite fall indoor visitor – the Asian lady beetle – has become an end of summer houseguest for many North Dakotans. First introduced accidentally in the mid 1900s on a freighter in New Orleans, the U.S. Dept. of Ag intentionally distributed the species shortly thereafter for its natural aphid control projects on fruit and nut orchards across the country.
BLUEGILL BEETLE. On a hot summer day – with populations well established by this point in the season – nothing beats a foam beetle pattern to hammer aggressive panfish on the fly rod. Our favorite is an easy foam recipe that stands up to dozens of fish and incorporates both peacock and pheasant for a well-rounded fly.
Foam Beetle Fly
Hook: Size 12 Dry
Thread: 6/0 Black
Wingcase: 2mm black foam
Legs: 3 Pheasant Tail Fibers
Underbody: Peacock Herl
Click here for the pattern step-by-step and watch for it on our Bench2Bank series kicking off next week!
Until then – Stay Sharp!