07-06-2015, 05:49 PM
Re: tying on legs
Originally Posted by dragon11
Hard as I try I can't seem to tie the legs onto my fly's properly. My goal is to tie them on so they go out to the side, like on a spider fly.
I pinch and hold the legs on the hook shank, and as I wrap the thread they start to twist, instead of staying in place. By the time I'm done with the fly, instead of being out to the side at a slight angle, they are all on one side, or straight to the front and back. Could it be the legs are to thin, or am I putting to much pressure on the thread while I wrap?
Insead of tying the thread over the leg, pull the leg toward you under the thread
. It is easy if you have a rotary vise.
Take the thread to the point on the fly where you want the legs to go on. Let the bobbin go and the thread and bobbin will be hanging off the far side of the fly. Take the rubber leg material to the other side of the fly and place it where the thread meets the fly. Pull the rubber leg material toward you BETWEEN the thread and over the top of the fly from the far side to your side.
Rotate the vise head 180 degrees around TOWARD you and this will rotate the leg you placed to the other side and place another half wrap of thread on the fly. Now do the same thing and pull another leg under the thread wrap between the tread and fly and pull to your side of the fly.
Now you have a pair of rubber legs, one pointing forward and the other backward on each side. Adjust the positions by pulling on the legs until you get them right and tie down with 2 firm wraps.
Presto. Perfect legs.
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