Tying Tips: Working with Rubber Legs

Fly Tying Tips, Videos — By on July 16, 2010 8:49 am

With rubber legs showing up in more and more fly patterns, one common problem fly tier’s are facing is that they get in the way when tying a whip finish knot. In this week’s Tying Tips, Hatches Magazine staff member Alex Cerveniak shares three quick and easy ways to keep those rubber legs out of the way.

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  1. George says:

    Thanks for the great tips, Alex!
    Appreciate the time you put in with these tips!

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  2. That is some great tips on keeping the rubber legs out of the way when finishing the fly. I teach fly tying and have found that students have a real problem when tying flies with multiple legs that are tied on one at a time using the figure eight method that I teach. Is there any other method I should try. Thanks and keep up the good work.


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  3. Alex @ Hatches says:

    Glad you enjoy them, George!


    I think I know what you’re talking about, but could you expand a little so I know we’re on the same page? I’d be happy to address this issue in a future video.

    Alex Cerveniak

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  4. Capt Bob says:

    Great tips… thanks
    What is the best way for attaching rubber legs? Tying a knot aroung the hook shank?

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  5. John Sawtell says:

    Brilliant Alex!
    So simple, yet so effective. I particularly liked the straw method. I think there could be many other adaptations for using straws and similar items in finishing the fly when materials keep getting in the way of the whip finish.
    Best wishes

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