Rubber Legs

Rubber leg material can simply be bound to the hook shank with tying thread, but tying the rubber to the shank with a simple overhand knot is better choice because:

1. You can tie all the legs onto the shank and then adjust their position before binding them down with tying thread;

2. The overhand knot provides some bulk for the tying thread to grab onto without cutting the rubber;

3. There's less chance of a leg pulling out if the rubber is knotted to the hook.

Tying rubber legs to the hook is easy. With the fly completed to the stage where the legs should be attached, tie individual rubber strands to the hook shank with a simple overhand knot (the shank should go through the loop of the knot). Pull the knot snug and attach the additional legs. When all the legs are knotted to the hook shank, adjust their positions so they are where you want them.

After final positioning of the legs, make firm thread wraps over the individual knots to secure the legs in place. Figure eight wraps work well.

When the legs are tied in position, pull all the legs above the hook shank and hold them between the index and second fingers of your left hand. With the rubber strands extended above the hook shank, determine the correct leg length and cut all the strands at once.

The size of the rubber material used for the legs and the length of the legs themselves determines the action the legs will exhibit. Heavy material and/or stubby legs exhibits less action than thinner or longer legs.

Rubber legs work on all manner of flies for trout, bass and saltwater fish - experiment with your favorite patterns.