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two_nymph_rig 07-13-2013 05:02 PM

Pat's Rubberlegs
I recently just discovered this fine bug and have fallen in love. I learned how to tie them, and although not perfect, I think they will fish well, so I plan on using them as my lead fly a majority of the season. I know they are supposed to represent the larger stone/salmon flies, but just curious who fishes them year round. I am currently tying them in size 12, but plan on tying them bigger as well. They are super buggy and I see no reason why they shouldn't work well after the salmon flies have hatched out and left the river. So who else is like me and plans on fishing them year round?

mudbug 07-13-2013 05:10 PM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs
I've never fished them, and I've never fished an area where there are salmon flies, but I did just tie some up for a fried of mine who does both of those.

He said that they life cycle of most of the stone flies is as long as 4 years.

That means that those nymphs are in the water year round, not just for a short period of time before the hatch.

mcnerney 07-13-2013 05:14 PM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs
Yes, that is one great fly. I normally only use them on high water situations or larger water, maybe I should try them more often, but that is what I do. I tend to like the smaller sizes (10-12's).

two_nymph_rig 07-13-2013 05:22 PM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs
unlike my user name, the bigger, buggier, and leggier it is, the more I fish it. Depending on the water I am fishing, I tend to fish a size 6-12 with my lead fly. I have found the leggy bugs like the Pat's work great in the deeper, fast riffles. I actually hate fishing dries. i'm a bottom dweller, haha.

trout champ 07-13-2013 05:30 PM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs
I fish them year round here in CO. It is a killer pattern. I have them tied up in three or four colors ranging in sizes from 4 to 12. I wrap mine in lead and sometimes through a tungsten bead up front too for added weight!


MoscaPescador 07-13-2013 07:38 PM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs
I fish them year round. I very the sizes and colors for different stonefly nymphs.

As mentioned, they are best fished in faster and deeper water where they can tumble around.


cptxkirk 07-14-2013 07:01 AM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs
Mudbug tied them for me because I'm one lazy SOB! However I will say that I fish them everywhere as my lead fly! It's a great weight and great attractor.

Like Mudbug said the life cycle of the particular stonefly it represents is something insane like 7 years and so they are constantly in the system. I would tell you to not leave home without some regardless of the size of water. I have caught fish on Pats from the Colorado to small no name creeks in AZ!

silvertip8k 07-14-2013 07:59 AM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs
great thread...staple pattern in Co...especially the S Platte...I think where its originator is known for (Pat Dorsey) a very respected angler ...

great success for me as a top fly in a dropper rig. and I like to tie the dropper off at the eye of the hook rather than the hook to allow for what was mentioned earlier...a bit more of a tumbling effect. It imitates a stone or even salmon fly that lost its way...LOL...big trout love big bugs...

I like a hot wire or red copper j as the dropper fly...say size 18, with the PRL in size 6-8...maybe 20 inches of tippet between.I tie the cinch knot over on the eye of the lead bug to help imitate that flailing action.(trying to get more sideways movement) bugs dont flail in perfect streamline style while drifting downstream... in tailwaters a scud can also be a good partner with this ...

I think the batting average is about 50/50 as to which bug gets the grab...greatest thing about this bug is that its an easy tie...but the big PRL also works pretty well as an attractor too. those legs bouncing around look pretty real I would imagine.

flymoron 07-14-2013 08:34 AM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs
I am not familiar with this one, could u post a pic?

mudbug 07-14-2013 08:37 AM

Re: Pat's Rubberlegs

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