Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Pat’s Rubberlegs. It’s also known as Jimmy Legs.
For some reason, the fish may think Pats Rubberlegs is a Golden Stonefly imitation if tied with brown or variegated brown/yellow chenille.
Daiichi 1720, #6 – 12
Black, brown, or olive 6/0 or 8/0
.020 or .025 lead
Black, brown and variegated chenille (brown/yellow or olive/brown)
- Start thread on hook and tie in antennae.
- Whip finish thread and trim.
- Slide bead on hook.
- Wrap lead on hook behind eye, using 10 – 20 wraps depending upon hook size.
- Start thread on hook and wrap over lead, creating smooth base.
- Tie in tail on top of hook.
- Strip fibers from chenille to expose thread core and tie these in.
- Move thread forward to 80 percent mark and tie in legs perpendicular to hook.
- Move thread forward a few turns and repeat, tying in the last legs segments.
- Move thread to bead.
- Wrap chenille forward with tight turns, moving legs out of the way.
- Tie off, whip finish, and trim thread.
The Pats Rubberlegs is very similar to the Girdle Bug, a Throw Back Thursday Fly I posted awhile ago. Use different color chenille to imitate the stonefly nymph of your choice.
Here is a link to a Youtube video by Skyler Hardman who does a terrific job tying the fly.