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    Is there a trick to tying hopper legs out of pheasant tail? That is what I used for the hopper legs and it was a little difficult. Is there a trick to making these easier?

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    Hi tgoodwater2002,

    There are a few tools out there for tying hopper legs. Rainy's makes one.

    The best way is to buy them already tied. Feather-Craft has them on sale.

    Frank

    Stalcup's Hopper Legs
    Item # 203222$2.95

    Hopper season is heating up and Stalcup's Hopper Legs are some of the most realistic you will find. 24 to a pack. 5 colors in stock: Black, Olive, Orange, Tan & Yellow. Originally priced at $5.95, these are on closeout at only $3.25. Once they are gone, they're gone.



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    You can get that same tool in sewing departments of Dept. Stores.
    I buy the pre-made though...I get lazy, or in a hurry and they are not much money and PERFECT all the time.

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    Alright, well I went to Walmart and got that tool. Now I just have to figure out how to tie a knot with it. I tried it and its not working for me. There is a trick to this and I just have to figure it out. A video would be great! If anyone knows of one. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Simple way to tie hopper legs?

    Quote Originally Posted by tgoodwater2002 View Post
    Is there a trick to tying hopper legs out of pheasant tail? That is what I used for the hopper legs and it was a little difficult. Is there a trick to making these easier?
    tgoodwater,

    Try getting some Feather Tough from Cascade Crest Tools; find them online. It comes in 1oz. bottles and will make those pheasant fibers easy to shape. I used to use it for hoppers & Cray Fish legs when I needed those patterns. It also works great for prepping quills prior to making wing sets and for coating jungle cock nails before tying them in.

    They don't show it listed in their online catalog, but I just ordered some and if you e-mail them they will take your order. A bottle will last a long time if you use it sparingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgoodwater2002 View Post
    Alright, well I went to Walmart and got that tool. Now I just have to figure out how to tie a knot with it. I tried it and its not working for me. There is a trick to this and I just have to figure it out. A video would be great! If anyone knows of one. Thanks.

    Check the middle of this page out:

    Charlie's FlyBox - Colorado's Best FlyShop and online Fly Tying Tutorials

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    Hey, thanks Joni! I figured it out!

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    Hey! Check out the new issue of the Fly Tyer Magazine on page 48. It shows you how to tie hopper legs out of pheasant tail. Thats really cool!

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    You could also buy Rainy's natural pheasant knotted hopper legs. They work good and you dont have to tie them.
    Troy

    "I have a river runs through it on blue ray, so yeah, I guess you could say I know a thing or two about fly fishing."

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    Ya, I know. I want to do most of what I can myself. More satisfaction that way if ya know what I mean.

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