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Pat's Rubber Legs aka The Pickle
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Pattern Pat's Rubber Legs aka The Pickle
Pat's Rubber Legs aka The Pickle
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Category Nymphs
Entered Wed, 06 Jan 2010
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Hook: Daiichi 2220 #6-12>>>>> Weight: Lead Wire>>>>> Thread: 8/0 Black (yes, 8/0 because it is small and lashes the legs in place without a lot of bulk)>>>>> Tail, Legs and Antennae: Super Floss, Spanflex or Flexi Floss: these are all the same material sold under different brand names. Spandex elastic legs like this are much more durable than the usual rubber legs).>>>>> Body: Medium Chenille, solid colors or variegated.
Pattern Description
This crazy fly has become all the rage over the past couple of summers. The Pat's Rubber Legs is a simple stonefly nymph pattern that has really caught on with local anglersand guides alike. I've always thought of this fly as a Girdle Bug myself, but apparently there are a few subtle differences and that, I suppose, is enough. Fish this fly under an indicator as a nymph or behind a streamer when fishing from a boat. The Super Floss legs flex and pulse in the current adding life to the fly, and the chenille color can be varied to match any shade of stonefly. Black, brown and variegated golden are all popular colors. I have had a pile of folks come in the shop looking for materials for this fly (and of course, we have 'em) and then I see them back again in a couple days with questions on how to tie it. This fly is really very simple, but it is a little tricky to get everything to come out in the right place. Placement of the legs is crucial to getting the proportions right, although I can hazard a guess that even if the legs are not perfectly even and spaced, the fly will still do the job. Tie 'em up and put them in the water.