Rubber Legs



HOOK: 3X long, 2X heavy, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 5263 or equivalent. Sizes 2-8; heavily weighted


ANTENNAE: Black rubber

TAIL: Black rubber

LEGS: Black rubber

BODY: Black chenille



A traditional pattern, the Rubber Legs suggests a salmonfly nymph. This pattern is less realistic than the Kaufmanns Stonefly, but it is much easier to tie (but not cheaper to buy; go figure). Where the current is fast, trout don't get a good enough look to care how precise your imitation is. In slower water, however, the Kauffmanns Stonefly is a better choice.

Like all the big stonefly nymphs, this fly must be fished on the bottom. So weight it heavily under the body, then flatten the weight with pliers. For extra weight, put on a beadhead or two.



Some tyers use white rubber for the legs. This works in some rivers, but not in others. In my experience, the white rubber is a definite turn-off to trout in the Deschutes River.

Some tyers finish the head with red floss or sparkle chenile. I find that can work well in the spring, but doesn't seem as effective later in the season; can't say why.


How to Fish

Dead drift on the bottom with an trout indicator or tight line presentation. The best areas are bouldery sections, riffles, and just below riffles.



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