How to Tie Rubber Leg Stone
What You’ll Need
Tiemco 5262 sz. 6-14
Metz Superfloss Legs or Spanflex
Lead Wire .015- .025 (depends on hook size to determine the correct size wire)
Variegated Chenille (usually color to match body)
6/0 Uni-thread (Color to match body)
Wrap enough wraps to cover the majority of the hook shank. Leave enough room to tie in legs in the front and back and also to prevent crowding.
Secure thread in the front and make a thread dam on each side of the lead wire. Don’t worry about covering all the lead with thread wraps. You will have enough wraps after you get done securing all the legs.
Make sure to have the thread a little up from the bend so you’ll have room to wind back on the superfloss legs to make the correct “V” shape. I do this by wrapping the material around the thread and then tying it down on the hook shank. When placing it correctly on the shank you should see one off the sides of the leg at a angle. Then you fold the other side to create the “V” shape. Tie back on both and wind to the bend. You can tweak the legs if they shift as you wind back on them. Advance the thread a little up from the half way mark (middle of the shank).
Tie in another strand of superfloss (legs) by making a figure eight (like a “X” formation) around them. Leave the legs long and trim them to shape once you have completed the fly. I find it to be easier when wrapping the chenille forward.
Tie in the next set of legs the same way. Check out the picture for a reference point. The other group of legs will all be close together.
Tie in the last set of legs like you did in the back and make sure you get that “V” shape. Remember you cn always tweak the legs if need be.
Cut a strand of chenille. Peel some of the chenille of the core of the material. I like to only tie in the core to keep the body even and prevent unevenness. You don’ have to tie the entire length of the shank with the core to really secure it. Once you tie in a little of the core it will be secured enough. Just make sure you butt up the chenille part so when you make the first wrap it the whole part of the chenille and not the inner core part.
Advance the thread to the eye and wind the chenille forward. Make sure you don’t tie on the legs to create them to not lay natural (the way they laid when you tied them in). Go slow as you wind forward and this will help you pay attention to detail.
Trim the excess chenille by cutting on top of the hook shank. If you cut on the bottom you can have crowding issues and it’s easier to not see the mistakes with crowding issues. Whip finish and glue the head.
Cut the legs to the desired shape. It’s really up to you.