Cousin Itt

Rubber legged flies have always been very popular in Patagonia. Bitch Creek and Rubber Legs patterns were used a lot during the 70´s as well as the Leoni´s Barbarous and Montana flies with antennae and rubber tails.During those days there were very few rubber legged patterns included in American f View more...
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Cousin Itt
List of materials
MATERIALSThread: 3/0 black (as resistant as possible).Weighing: lead wire.Hook: Mustad 9671 or 9672 (or similar), sizes #2 to #8.Legs: White rubber. With rounded or squared tips.Body: black rabbit hair crosscut. Loop tied afterwards.
Steps

Step 1

Wrap some lead wire along ¾ of the hook shank, next to the eye.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 1

Step 2

Tie a pair of rubber legs along the hook shank. Antennae and tail should have the exact same length.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 2

Step 3

Loop the thread next to the base of the tails.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 3

Step 4

Tie a pair of legs at the middle of the hook shank.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 4

Step 5

Tie a second pair of legs at the first ¼ section of the hook shank and take the thread forward until it reaches the hook eye.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 5

Step 6

Grab the rabbit hair using a Marc Petitjean tool. These should be short next to the hook and longer as possible at the other end.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 6

Step 7

Firmly set the hair between the two looped threads and then evenly cut the hairs, leaving the skin aside.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 7

Step 8

Wrap the loop with many turns so that the rabbit hair is firmly set between the two threads.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 8

Step 9

Wrap the rabbit hair along the hook shank until it reaches the eye. Tie the final knot and cement.

Fly tying - Cousin Itt - Step 9

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