Tuesday Tutorial: Pat’s Rubberlegs Stonefly Nymph

Have I mentioned the rubberlegs recently? My memory isn’t what it used to be, but this fly ain’t going nowhere soon. Grab the chenille and the sexi floss, because that’s about it to this killer fly. Get busy on the vise and crank out this fly on whatever hook is lying nearby, and most likely it will catch a fish. Though it will never replace the wooly bugger in angler’s hearts, it most definitely has taken over it’s slot in the fly box when it comes to a go-to subsurface pattern for freestone rivers. Hell, I’ve even paired this nymph with a bugger and dunked it in Rock Creek in the spring, and it’s a hell of a drug for the right fish that wants to boogie.

This video by In The Riffle  runs through the fly and a few tricks to make it an easy tie. Start with a few to get the hang of the legs, but don’t get too caught up in things if your legs don’t come out pretty at first. I’ve tied these things with missing pairs of legs, mixed colors, and with jimmy legs so whacked out  that look like they should be working at a traveling carnival, and the thing is trout don’t give a shit. They eat it. Fish don’t count legs, they consume calories, and a big stonefly is always welcome.


2 thoughts on “Tuesday Tutorial: Pat’s Rubberlegs Stonefly Nymph”

  1. Mr. Tucker! Long time no speak. This is Jamie Larson. Eric Lovejoy told me you are a fly fishin fool these days like myself and directed me to your blog. Funny how things come full circle. It looks like life is good. I just wanted to give you a shout out and say hello. I'm living in Portland still and if you ever come out we outta go fishin! I love this pattern by the way. One of the best. Cheers!


  2. Woo hoo! Good to hear from you, Jamie! Hope you're doing good over in the PDX and putting birds on stuff and whatnot. Stoked you fly fish, we'll definitely have to get something together and I'd love to fish your area of the world. I'll keep in touch and you know you can always find me in Missoula doing dumb stuff for cheap.


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