Fly Tying with SGT Lee Barbee – Learn to tie the Black Beetle

On Wednesday November 4, 2020 at 7pm EST, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing veteran ambassador and professional fly tier SGT Lee Barbee, U.S. Army (ret) of Red,White and Blue Flies will broadcast a virtual fly tying class live on the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Facebook Page.

He will be tying a Black Beetle fly. Here’s what you need to tie along at home:

  • Hook: Partridge K12ST size 10
  • Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 18/0
  • Underbody: Semperfli Floating Poly Yarn in Black
  • Shell back: Semperfli Swiss Straw
  • Back of abdomen: Black deer hair
  • Legs: Semperfli 0.1mm tying wire in black
  • UV: Solarez Bone Dry Black

Watch past fly tying tutorials here: SGT Lee Barbee’s Fly Tying Library

Following his time as a participant with our Walter Reed, MD program, Lee launched Red White and Blue Flies – a Veteran owned and operated company providing quality, hand-tied flies for the everyday fly angler – and moved to California to attend college with the goal of becoming a Physician Assistant and health care provider. You can find Red White & Blue Flies on Facebook at

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