By Bill Carnazzo
- Hook: Standard streamer,
such as Tiemco 5262 or Mustad 9672, in sizes 2-8
- Thread: Black flat waxed 6/0
- Weight: .015 lead or
- Bead: Gold, sized
to fit hook (optional)
- Body: Black medium
- Legs: White round rubber
Black Rubber Legs
This pattern is as old as
dirt. Yet it still catches fish at certain times and in certain places. I
guess that’s why it’s old as dirt. And simple…Lord, it’s simple to
tie. I’ve had success on this beast when, in early season, the water is
murky. It does, I suppose due to the contrast between black and white,
present itself as a visible morsel to hungry trout. It can be tied with or
without a bead at the head. Although the pattern featured here calls
for black chenille, don’t be afraid to experiment with olive and other
colors. Weight is added to keep the fly down; more or less weight may be
called for by stream conditions.
bead on hook, if bead is to be used. Wrap 6-10 turns of lead or
substitute at the front of the hook, leaving at least 1/8” to 3/8”
(depending on hook size) of room in front of the lead.
hook and lead with thread.
in chenille at the bend of the hook, just above the back of the barb.
hackle pliers, rap chenille forward a few wraps and let it hang down
with hackle pliers.
two strands of rubber leg material about 2 inches long. Take one of them
and bring one end under the hook and pull both ends upward, stretching
the material slightly. Now tie an over hand knot and slide the knot down
to the hook shank, with the material sticking out both sides of the
thread around the overhand knot, manipulating the legs so that they
stand straight out (90 degrees) from the hook shank. Move the thread
forward to behind the eye.
the chenille behind and in front of the legs, and advance it forward to
about the 1/3 point on the shank, and let it hang with hackle pliers
steps 5 and 6 with the second piece of rubber leg material.
step 7, bringing the chenille to a point about 1/8 inch behind the eye
if no bead used, or 1/8 inch behind the bead if one is used.
off the chenille and apply superglue to the tie-off area.
a nice, small head (if not using a bead), and whip finish, and….
Enjoy, and see ya on the creek...!!!
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