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: Rubber leg problem

John Desjardins
07-03-2003, 08:59 AM
Ive been experimenting with the deceptively simple looking bug below, and fund that I have minimal repeatability in tying in rubber legs. Does anyone have suggestions on tying them in? I've tried square knots ala a Merkin, and cris crossed thread wraps but haven't gotten consistency from either. This is a good copy but most don't look this way.

Hook: #10 2xl, 2xh Mustad R72 here.
Thread: olive
Tail & legs: green spinner bait skirt material
Body: olive rug yarn, chenile or dubbing, black with white legs & tail also works well

This pattern has been very good on the local panfish & crappy population. Its a copy of a fly I picked up on a business trip but can't remember the name of.

Dble Haul
07-03-2003, 09:56 AM
John- The problems that you're describing are the very reasons that I use round rubber whenever possible. Flat rubber legs like those from a spinnerbait skirt are tough to deal with. Round rubber behaves very well because no matter where you cinch in down with thread it stays well.

Guess I didn't anwser your question....well maybe I did. If you can, stick with round rubber. I don't know if it's available in barred colors like in your pic, but it might be worthwhile to look.

07-03-2003, 10:12 AM
Agree w/Haul.

I like the smaller diameter and flexibility of the round legs. I wish they would make clear ones instad of just black and white.

Not sure what difficulty you're having attaching them, but I double the leg around the thread and lash onto the side of the hook. I find that stretching the stuff a bit as you tie it down makes it easier to work with.


John Desjardins
07-03-2003, 10:38 AM
Thanks guys, I'll try the round rubber and ontying the sides of the hooks rather than accross the top . Dave, it probably doesn't make a bit of difference to a fish but, whats been driving me nuts is the inconsistentcy in the flys appearance.

08-29-2003, 10:54 AM
I don't use rubber leags much, but have found it easiest to control by doing a couple of criss cross wraps then making a couple of under wraps under and around the legs. It does a pretty good job at keeping them where I want them. Also try adding a little dab of tying cement to the top of each leg.
Good luck!!!!!