This is a no-nonsense, easy to tie pattern that just works. The rubber legs and artic fox add heaps of movement, and the lead eyes will get your fly down and add a nice jerk motion when fished with a floating or intermediate line. I always have a few of these in my box for bass or inshore/ bay saltwater fishing. Tie these up in your local colors, chuck them out and go get bent!
Clamp down on that barb with some Loon Rouge Debarb Pliers. Let’s keep this game civilized and give the fish a slight chance.
Wrap thread onto hook till about half-way down the shank. Come up to the ¼ mark and tie your dumbbell eyes in, using a figure eight. I like to add a bit of super glue at this point. It’ll help keep the eyes from spinning and make sure everything is bomb proof.
Wrap thread to right before the bend and tie in two legs, right at their mid-point. Then fold the legs over and tie in to the bend of the hook.
Tie in the Chenille and wrap with touching turns to the eyes.
Tie in two more rubber legs at their mid point and pull them back. Take the thread back behind the eyes and secure them in place.
Tie in two strips of Krystal flash on each side.
Cut off a strip of Artic fur. Remove the under fur with a lice brush or by hand. Tie that in on top of the fly. Trim the extra hair on an angle and create a nice thread head.
(Optional – Skip to Step 9 if not tying in a weed gaurd) Take a piece of Mason’s Hard Mono (30#) and tie in as a weed guard. Whip finish behind the weed guard and trim to length.
Add some head cement or UV cure epoxy to really seal in the flavor. Make sure you get the underside as well. Feel free to trim the legs to a desired length. I’m a long legs kind of guy. But don’t let that influence you. You do you.