Fly Tying- a DIY knotted Leg Tool

i haven’t tried this yet but this little home-made gizmo found on In The Riffle’s Fb page gets a doubleplusgood for creativity and ingenuity. how does it stack up to pre-existing leg-knotting options is anyone’s guess which i suppose will be more down to personal preference rather than all-out efficiency but variety they say, is the spice of life or, as Americans would have us believe the popular (yet completely unheard of in France) french term: Vive la Différence !

pretty darn-nice Hopper Legs

via In The Riffle

i’ll leave out the video title’s extraneous superlatives and get to the point: this is a very nice and simple way to get big, fat, juicy-sexy legs for all your grasshopper and similar-legged terrestrial bug  imitations.
combining more ‘traditional’ methods of knotting feather fibers and then gluing the fibers to get a strong and realistic shape as in Ulf Hagström’s ‘Sexy legs Simply’ , hopefully this how-to will inspire a few patterns for this end-of-summer-trout-candy must-have fly. enjoy !

Knotting your Legs by Hand

last week’s great tying tip treat was a whip-finish hand job and continuing on Hans Weilenmann‘s ‘fly tying how-to’ series here comes a couldn’t be simpler way to tie knots in feather fibers or whatever to make lively, kickin’, sexy legs for all your hopper, bibio, you name it flies with legs. enjoy !

while i’m at it, Hans, here’s a challenge for your next tutorial. :mrgreen:

Dremmels, Boobies and the Perfect set of Eyes

by Alun Rees at The Enigmatic Angler

what can be more fun than combining power tools and boobie tying ? NOTHING !!!

the problem with boobies (the foam eyes part) is they’re almost always asymmetric, making the fly spin upon retrieve. this makes the fish dizzy and consequently lazy and then they just sort of pass out and don’t chase the fly. it twists leaders and makes them look like piggy tails. fish don’t like piggy tails.

now, boobie eyes are one thing but the creative Frankensteinish tier will see right away that this little tool can also help make all sorts of smooth, sexy-groovy shapes in foam or cork for various flies: poppers, sliders, bodies, lips, legs etc, etc.
body parts will never be the same !
as noted in the article, be sure to wear eye protection and i’d recommend a mask or buff or whatever to cover mouth and nose. boobie-dust is hard to remove from the lungs !

click on either pic for Alun’s great grinding tutorial. enjoy !

bend Ze legs and keep Zem bent !

very cool tying tip from Mark Defrank
a small drop of superglue on the outside of the bend while the leg is stretched and bingo !
Eez Magique ! 

click the pic for further details.

btw, please excuse the french accent above. it’s been a hard last few days…