Don's Fly Tying - Pat's Rubber Legs

[Pat's Rubber Legs]

The late September weather in our area has been awesome. So much so that my wife and I decided to take a weekend trip to Spokane, about 5 hours from Kelowna. I took my trap gun along and managed to shoot the singles and handicap on Saturday, September 29. Although there was a bit of a breeze, I did get lucky on the singles, shooting a 99 x 100 which was good for the Senior Veteran's trophy! We won't talk about the handicap as I struggled a bit in that event.

While my wife enjoyed some bargain shopping, I dropped by the Silver Bow fly shop Sunday morning just off I90 East on the way to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I had an enjoyable visit with the salesperson, a keen fly fisherman in his own right! He said that the Spokane River had good rainbow fishing and the fly to use was called Pat's Rubber Legs in both olive and dark brown shades. I am sure that this pattern would do well in our waters so I will share this pattern with you as the October fly of the month!



Start by tying in two pairs of olive rubber strips, one for the tail and the other at the head for the antenae. Next, attach 3 pairs of barred olive rubber strips for the legs equally spaced in the front half of the hook shank. Ensure that the legs project out at 90 degrees and flat to the hook shank. The final step is to wrap deep olive or dark brown medium chenille hook bend to hook eye. Great care must be taken to not distort the legs as you wrap through them. A nice finish is to create a "lumped" body appearance by ribbing your tying thread with wide spaces through the body chenille. Cement, tie off, and you have created Pat's Rubber Legs, a Silver Bow Fly Shop favourite!

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