A few summers ago, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions showed us how to tie an original Pat’s Rubber Legs, the creation of Idaho guide Pat Bennett. This big, buggy stonefly imitation has become ubiquitous, and few serious anglers go on the water in springtime without a few “Pat’s” in their boxes.
In this week’s video, Tim offers a heavyweight version of the classic, and he uses some ingenious tying methods to add a bit of mimicry to the pattern. The Get It Down Pat’s uses a heavy bead and plenty of wire to cut through heavy currents, but the jig hook lessens the chances of snagging bottom. The way Tim attaches the round-rubber legs and then creates an extended body is a real AHA! moment.
Get It Down Pat’s
Hook: Barbless jig hook (here, a Lightning Strike JF2), size 8.
Bead: Black Nickel slotted tungsten bead, 5/32.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Thread: Black, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Body: Black/Coffee Variegated Chenille, med.
Tails/Legs/Antennae: Black Round Rubber Legs, sm.
Adhesive: Head cement.
Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, fine needlenose pliers.
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