The Green Beast

by Jonathan

The green Beast is an old pattern devised by a gentleman called Alan Pearson. He enjoyed a reputation for catching a lot of big trout in small still waters. It is a simple fly to tie and I thought you might like to give it a try. Originally it was supposed to imitate aquatic beetle larvae but I think it is more likely to be taken for a damsel nymph. With this in mind it might be worth trying a rib of blue or green lurex.

The Dressing

  • Hook – Long shank 8 ( Kamasan 830).
  • Lead – wire underbody optional.
  • Thread -Green.
  • Tail – Green Cock hackle fibres fairly short.
  • Body – Green floss tapered to tail.
  • Rib – Silver wire. ( blue or green lurex optional).
  • Hackle – Brown partridge back 2 turns.

Regards Dave C. and the Team

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

DaveC November 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hi philip
Thanks for your comments much appreciated.
Dave C. and the Team

philip November 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Hello Dave. I would just like to thank you for your excellent lessons. They were very informative and easy followed. Thanks again. philip

Alan Beadell October 30, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Hi Dave, great looking fly seems quite easy to tie, I’ll have a go and let you now how i get on, keep up the good work, it’s appreciated by a lot of people who have no other way of learning for some reason you never find any courses in night school if there was they would always be full. anyway all the best to you and the team. Regards Alan.

Jeff October 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Hi, your videos are very informative. Just wondering how to tie the knot. The video is too fast for me to figure it out. Thanks, you have been a great help. Jeff Wheatley, Ontario

Levi September 29, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hi Dave, you are a great bloke using your own time to show other people how to tie flies, do you have any reccomendations for still water dams or large ponds??? I am a keen trout fisher, I have caught thousands of rainbow and brown trout in the rivers. I live way down south in Tassie and we do loads and loads of fly fishing. cheers mate, Levi

Ian Scott September 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Great site, Dave! I am glad I came across this. I’ll try to send some visitors your way.

Maric – another idea for stillwater fly fishing – have lots of chironomid patterns in your fly box too!

Rikke July 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Hi Dave.
I like your flyes and I’ve learnt a lot. I’m just starting so your videos is a big help for me.
Thanks 😉 And keep teaching..

Sgt John July 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Great fly this one…I am in Kentucky (USA) and I will be using this one this summer.
Keep up the good teacheing Dave.

Mikko March 6, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Hello Dave!
I really appreciate that you put these videos and instructions in the internet. In town where I live, theres no courses in fly tying, so all my experience comes from school (where we had a small course of fly tying) but mostly from you. Thank you Dave for sharing the art of fly tying with us.

PS. Do you think The Green Beast could be good with golden or silver bead?


Tony January 31, 2010 at 12:17 am

Hi David

Would appreciate you showing how to tie a traditional Hornberg


VIC PERRY January 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

thank,s verry mutch dave for your tying lessons thy have give me a lot info & skill in tying.
regards vic perry

DaveC January 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Hi Maric
I am a 73 yrs old geriatric and the wonders of the internet are beyond me.
Sorry but you will just have to learn from the site
For lakes I would use
cats whisker
woolley bugger
baby doll
green beast
yellow dancer
damsel nymph
hope this helps
DaveC.and the Team

Maric Nikola January 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

can you somehow send your flytying vids on my email?
i need flyes for lakes so pls send me some vids. . . .

Kenny J. December 22, 2009 at 1:18 am

I enjoy watching your instructional videos almost as much as I enjoy tying. I have learned more about tying from your videos than any other source. Thank you.
Kenny J., Jacksonville, Florida, USA

irish angler November 15, 2009 at 8:58 pm

hi dave please show me how to tie the bloodworm

DaveC October 8, 2009 at 10:44 am

Hi John
Good to hear from you.Just had my hand/fingers done at the QMC. Monday and looks like I should hav a quick recovery……..doing this with one of th fingers operated on! Cant wait to get out and at the grayling again. Went up to Willersley the Thursday after we met and had a good 3hrs…5 browns, 2 grayling.
The site you want for hooks is roydlures. I use his wet,dry down eyed and buzzer hooks. Price is right and service excellent. His doubles for snakeflies are best I have used yet.
Comprehensive web site.

John October 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm

HI David had a chat with you last week down at cromford what was the name of the man you get your hooks from on the net.
Thanks John.
all the best.

George Quested September 18, 2009 at 3:11 pm

hi Dave, thought it was about time that I commented on your excellent website and presentation on tying flies. However if I can respond to mr Laakso question in respect of what style you would fish the “Beast “fly, I was out last sunday and caught 7 rainbows on the fly. I had a goldhead black lure on the point and the beast on the dropper, fishing it on a steady retrieve as the fish were about 2 feet under the surface . However you just have to keep finding the depth the fish are at.Once again Dave many thanks for a great website.Hope this will be helpful.

Mika Laakso September 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Hello again.

What kind of style your recomend to use while using this fly? Do you let it sink a bit or just keep it near the surface? Im pretty sure that this one will work here atleast for rainbows. I´ll give it a go and i will tell you how it went.


Gertjan September 8, 2009 at 7:21 am

Dear sir,

i’m beginning with fly tying, is it possible you send me your lessons of fly tying to me. It’s for me eseyer to look de lessons on my tv.

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