Last week we ran part 1 of our two part ‘Intruders on the Cheap’ series, where Stuart Foxall gave us step by step tying instructions for the Marabou Intruder, a cheaper but nonetheless effective intruder style fly pattern. Today, Stu is back with part 2 of the series with a great step by step on substituting rubber legs for more expensive, less dependable, and more brittle materials. Thanks Stuart!
Tying Intruders with Rubber Legs
The question that I’m asked most often is, “Where do you get your materials?” It definitely appears that folks are struggling to find good rhea for their intruders. And there is always the chance with postal orders that the feathers sent may not be up to scratch.. That’s hard to take when they cost so much money!
Not all of us are able get into a good fly shop to check what we are buying. However, there is a way of guaranteeing quality no matter how you buy your materials. We can buy man-made synthetic materials! Not only are these materials usually cheaper than natural materials, but they are generally tougher, more consistent in quality, and hold their colors much better as well.
Here’s my take on an intruder-style squidro pattern tied on a tube. Just alter the size and colors to suit your local river!
Note: See this step in detailed form by checking out our post on tying intruders without a dubbing loop.