Rubber leg problem
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do it like a Salmon Egg
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.
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