"Local Boy Makes Good!" In a ceremony at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center in Roscoe, New York, Joe Humphreys, our friend and neighbor, was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. Joe was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife of 56 years, Gloria, and his two daughters. The honor, so richly deserved, was due Hunphreys for his many years of educating Penn State students, his angling career including participation on the US national team, his tireless dedication to conservation (especially on his home water, Spring Creek), and for his educational accomplishments outside the classroom-- two fine books, several videos, numerous articles, and numberless clinics and seminars. For an article on the ceremony itself and also about Joe's long partnership with Gloria, see the thoughtful and evocative piece in the October 27, 2013 edition of the Centre Daily Times. Our thanks to Greg Hoover for the photographs with this article. To Joe himself, a hearty "well done and well deserved" from the staff of Flyfisher's Paradise.
One of the most iconic PA terrestrial patterns is the Crowe Beetle, developed and popularized by the late John Crowe of Johnstown, PA. The Crowe Beetle is one of the first dry flies that I learned how to tie, and many trout at Fisherman's Paradise suffered a sore jaw due to John Crowe's fly on the end of my tippet. I have also taken fish on Crowe Beetles from Connecticut to Idaho. It is a great fly.Like all folded deer hair flies, however, the Crowe Beetle lacks greatly in durability. One or two fish often leave the fly in tatters. The foam pattern presented here is much more practical, and even after a dozen fish, it is often in good shape. Even though I always have a few Crowe Beetles in my terrestrial box, there are dozens of foam beetles neatly ranked beside them.
Hook: Dai-ichi #1180, #12-16
Thread: Danville's 6/0 Black
Back: Strip of 1/8" thick black foam, cut as wide as the hook gap, bound along the shank, and folded forward
Legs: Black hackle palmered along the shank and trimmed top and bottom
Head: Trimmed butt of black foam
Indicator (optional): Narrow strip of yellow foam, tied in at end of back, and trimmed short