Rubber Leg Nymph (aka- Pat’s Rubber Legs, aka- Turd)
Colors: Black/Brown (darker) or Brown/Orange (lighter)
An excellent freestone river Stonefly nymph pattern. Wiggly, buggy and fish love ’em! On the Smith and the Blackfoot, they are must haves in your fly box. Deep nymph them off a strike indicator or drop them 1′ to 2′ off a Chubby Chernoble or PMX and fish them close to the bank when Stoneflies are on. We do use these flies a lot on the Smith and Blackfoot but at certain times in certain sections we fish them on the Missouri (we think they eat them for Crawfish, not so much Stoneflies -though there are a few Stoneflies on the MO)
Smith River tip: If you’ve got some off color water from either snowmelt or a rain storm -then it’s time to do the Turd and Worm. Don’t feel too dirty -you’re in an isolated canyon hundreds of miles from civilization. Just do it and catch lots of trout. How we do this is we use one of our Thingamabobber Nymph Rigs: 1-drop 18″ of 0X or 1X tippet off the swivel, 2-add 12″ of 1X or 2X tippet (use a Surgeon Knot or Blood Knot), 3-tie on your Turd, 4-tie on 12″ of 2X or 3X tippet off the Turd, 5-tie on the Worm. Fish it without weight when you are floating and set it fairly shallow, 24″-36″ Bobber to Turd. When you get out to wade fish, add 1′-3′ of depth (super quick and easy to do with the CCFS Nymph Rig) and add a BB Split Shot on the 0X tippet above the knot. When you get back into the raft, just take off the Split Shot and slide the Thingamabobber back down to shallow again and you’re ready to catch fish on the drift.
There may be slight variations from the photos as we have several tiers and they all use slightly different material colors. But not to worry, all of them are fish catching little morsels!