Video: How to Make Round-Rubber Hopper Legs

Last year, we launched a new series of videos called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video will teach a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as a sort of encyclopedia of tying skills that will be a valuable resource for anyone who sits down at a vise to create a fly.

Grasshopper patterns are staples from June through October, depending on where you live. Casting these big, visible flies is a fun, visual game that’s the highlight of the season for many anglers. Actually tying hopper patters elicits less excitement, and creating realistic legs can be especially frustrating and time-consuming. In this great video, Tim demonstrates a remarkably easy way to create a matching pair of legs from three strands of round-rubber-leg material.

3 thoughts on “Video: How to Make Round-Rubber Hopper Legs”

  1. Tim,

    Great idea. This is my current favorite of your “One Minute” series. There are a lot of subtle pinches and finger rolls needed to keep all the strands in the needed positions as the leg is formed and the joint is tightened. Had to watch the video a number of times to understand them. But all are magageable with some practice. So no more overhand knotted rubber hopper legs for me with inconsistent angles. My rubber legs with be beautifully consistent. Was even able to extend your idea to using 3 or 4 connected strands in the thigh section giving a totally rubber leg version of Eric Paramore’s “Thunder Thigh” hopper legs.


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