Fly Tying Vid: Extended Body Girdle Bug

Fly Tying Vid: Extended Body Girdle Bug

The Extended Body Girdle Bug (Rubberlegs, Pat’s Rubberlegs, there are many names) is a twist on probably the most popular nymph in the northern Rockies these days. With a tungsten bead and simple extended body, it sinks like a brick and has more movement than most Girdle Bugs. Here I tie it in a copper/tan/brown color, but the basic pattern is a good “changeup” for any color of Pat’s Rubberlegs.

Hook: 1x short 1x strong scud hook, #6 (can go smaller with smaller beads and a smaller diameter of lead wire).

Bead: 3/16″ black nickel tungsten.

Thread: 6/0 dark brown.

Horns: Short section of copper-brown barred Sexi Floss or similar spandex rubberleg material, tied in pinch-style.

Weight: .035 lead or non-toxic wire.

Tails: Long section of copper-brown barred Sexi Floss or similar spandex rubberleg material, tied in pinch-style.

Body: “Henry’s Lake” New Age Chenille. Other variegated chenilles are also good.

Legs: Three short sections of copper-brown barred Sexi Floss or similar spandex rubberleg material, tied in with X-wraps and reinforced with head cement. Can cut back to two legs if desired, particularly on smaller sizes.

 

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