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FlyTyer's Corner

By Bill Carnazzo

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Hook: Standard streamer, such as Tiemco 5262 or Mustad 9672, in sizes 2-8
Thread: Black flat waxed 6/0
Weight: .015 lead or substitute
Bead: Gold, sized to fit hook (optional)
Body: Black medium chenille
Legs: White round rubber leg material

Black Rubber Legs Beast

 This pattern is as old as dirt. Yet it still catches fish at certain times and in certain places. I guess that’s why it’s old as dirt. And simple…Lord, it’s simple to tie. I’ve had success on this beast when, in early season, the water is murky. It does, I suppose due to the contrast between black and white, present itself as a visible morsel to hungry trout. It can be tied with or without a  bead at the head. Although the pattern featured here calls for black chenille, don’t be afraid to experiment with olive and other colors. Weight is added to keep the fly down; more or less weight may be called for by stream conditions.



  1. Place bead on hook, if bead is to be used. Wrap 6-10 turns of lead or substitute at the front of the hook, leaving at least 1/8” to 3/8” (depending on hook size) of room in front of the lead.

  2. Cover hook and lead with thread.

  3. Tie in chenille at the bend of the hook, just above the back of the barb.

  4. Using hackle pliers, rap chenille forward a few wraps and let it hang down with hackle pliers.

  5. Cut two strands of rubber leg material about 2 inches long. Take one of them and bring one end under the hook and pull both ends upward, stretching the material slightly. Now tie an over hand knot and slide the knot down to the hook shank, with the material sticking out both sides of the hook.

  6. Wrap thread around the overhand knot, manipulating the legs so that they stand straight out (90 degrees) from the hook shank. Move the thread forward to behind the eye.

  7. Wrap the chenille behind and in front of the legs, and advance it forward to about the 1/3 point on the shank, and let it hang with hackle pliers attached.

  8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the second piece of rubber leg material.

  9. Repeat step 7, bringing the chenille to a point about 1/8 inch behind the eye if no bead used, or 1/8 inch behind the bead if one is used.

  10. Tie off the chenille and apply superglue to the tie-off area.

  11. Form a nice, small head (if not using a bead), and whip finish, and….


Enjoy, and see ya on the creek...!!!

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