More on Easier Rubber Legs
By Wade Blevins (waders)

Additional tying tips for Sam's One Bug.

As for inserting the legs here is a simple solution/suggestion. Use a small piece on mono or a dental floss loop. I personally use a Wapsi Bobbin threader and pull the legs through the foam very carefully. I find the large needles can cause the rubber legs to slip out of the bug as the Bream suck on the legs. So I use a very thin needle inserted in an old exacto pen to hold the needle. It gives me the leverage I need to push the needle all the way through the fly without poking a finger. Once the hole is there I use the wire threader to go back through the hole open the threader and insert leg on the back side then pull gently through until you can adjust the legs by hand. I prefer the round legs.

Don't know why probably cosmetic more than anything but I have recently started painting stripes at the very end of the legs, two on each leg. It looks so much like a dragon fly wing it's not even funny.

I also use a thin coat of fingernail polish on the front and under body of the fly to strengthen the face and belly of the fly. Recently have added two tone spots and eyes to the fly in Kudos to Walt Holman. Really gives it an awesome appearance. Krystal flash with the slightest amount of marabou for the tail seems to work best for durability as well. The deer hair makes the bug float tail end I don't really like the deer hair. Over time you find the perfect placement for the legs. I don't recommend gluing the legs at the foam unless you use Dave's Flexament. Most glues over time will cause the area to harden and make the legs brittle and break off or cause them to curl funny. The round legs don't seem to slip out as often and you can get it in a variety of diameters.

On larger flies like 1/2" foam I really like to double the legs up on each side and use a stout Diachii or Mustad hook. I have found the nymph hooks in 2x strength and length provide the best wear and tear. And even experimented with the straight eye hook for ease of tying on the leader. But the down eye seems to perform better.

One thing to keep in mind is tie up a dozen or more at a time. It is so much easier to do the tail and thread wraps as one step, slicing foam as another step, gluing and drying as additional step, then inserting legs and painting the bodies as a last stage. Dad had it down to a science and could whip out a dozen bugs in a matter of an hour or so. His arthritis and carpal-tunnel made it more difficult for him over the years. But he never quit tying them. They have literally made their way around the world. ~ Wade Blevins "Son of Sam Blevins"

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