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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:33 pm    Post subject: Legs Eleven sorry six Reply with quote

Ok, so another stupid question, maybe Very Happy
Today is a painting a decorating day and I found myself with a paint brush with sticky out bristle.
What I am wondering is would knotted paint brush bristles work as hopper legs or are they to stiff, i.e will not be mobile in the water??
Lunch break over now so back to work.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea until you try it. My thoughts would be - too stiff.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say that they would be too stiff. I think a big part of the attraction of hoppers is the legs that wiggle when moved. I tried tying hoppers with knotted brown mono, and they never worked anywhere near as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More than likely - too stiff.

I find knotting pheasant tail fibres much too fiddly - so found me an answer ......

http://www.theessentialfly.com/semperfli-double-knee-knotted-pheasant-tail-for-legs-fly-tying-materials.html

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I thought maybe to stiff, but will tie up a couple and see what happens.
I spotted in an old FFFT mag a John Goddard hopper with legs tied with horse hair, which must have been at the back of my mind while painting Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lakefisher wrote:
More than likely - too stiff.

I find knotting pheasant tail fibres much too fiddly - so found me an answer ......

http://www.theessentialfly.com/semperfli-double-knee-knotted-pheasant-tail-for-legs-fly-tying-materials.html

Much more betterer than losing my temper doing them myself Laughing ...... Tony Wink

Even much more betterer than wot Tony said are thin rubber or silicon legs. They wobble about like a homeward-bound drunk and you don't need to tie knots in them. Wink


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paint brush filaments are best used for tailing but best of luck with your leg trials.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paint brush fibres are usually made from natural bristle or different forms of nylon fibres, several types of which are good for dry fly tails. However as far as legs for hoppers or daddies etc they would probably force the fly away from a fishes mouth by simply acting as a miniature spring (remember Dick Walkers ideas on stiff hackles, yes that dates me !). I very much prefer the natural look & water action of pheasant tail fibres, even if they are fragile.

Never really liked rubber legs, at least on imitative patterns, I'm sure that WK & maybe others will claim all sorts of virtues for them - catch more fish/durable/more colour choices/different action/ etc etc but I'll stick with cock pheasant tail, golden pheasant tai & even wound g.p. tippets for wet daddy hackles.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knocked this up with the paint brush fibres which are nylon ( I guess).
Despite looking o.k and easy to tie a knot in, my feeling is that with six tied in they are to stiff.


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