One of the challenges with writing 'how to' articles and books is articulating what may be clear in my mind but perhaps not so clear in your mind. This became painfully apparent when describing the various tying steps in my book, Fly Patterns for Stillwaters. I strived to ensure the tying steps were complete, easy to read and mirrored what was displayed in the image. Since the initial publishing of my book I have received a number of questions as to what I mean by doubling materials around the tying thread.
Doubling materials is the best way I know to precisely place materials at any point on the hook and bind them in place. Rubber and Sili legs have become a popular component on many flies, both nymphs and dries. These materials are durable and life like, both in look and animation. A set of rubber or Sili legs on almost any fly brings it to life providing a sense of confidence for fish seeking authentication of life. The trick in tying rubber and Sili legs in place however has always been the fumbling around trying to get these materials in just the right position. Such as the set of legs that protrude out of the sides of patterns such the Madam X or a host of nymph designs including Girdle Bugs and Yuk Bugs.
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