Tying Up Contraband or Bauer’s Crabs and Need Square Rubber Legs?
From what I have deduced from scouring the old interweb, they don’t make square rubber legs anymore. It took me 2 years to find a supply of them, and when I found them through a friend of a friend, I bought all I could get. I have been getting all kinds of requests for square rubber legs since my Contraband Crab article came out in Fly Tyer Magazine, so I decided to share and sell off some of my private stash!
Knotted square rubber legs allow the segment below the knot to be position in a rearward facing direction giving this pattern a very realistic silhouette. This is very difficult to do with smaller diameter silicone or round rubber legs, and they do not provide the same silhouette or movement.
Unlike standard fly tying legs, square rubber legs come on one big strip of rubber and are fused together. Each strip contains 16 fused strips of legs that can be easily pulled apart in to individual strips. I cut them fused strips in to 2 1/4″ sections for my Contraband Crab or Bauer’s Crab pattern, but for larger patterns you may want to go to 2 1/2″.
Each package of sold contains one 10″ piece of fused gray square rubber, which can be cut down to whatever size you like. I would recommend going with four 2 1/2″ pieces, that way you end up with 64 – 2 1/2″ legs. This gives you plenty of material to tie easily tie the knots in. Once you have the knots in the strip, roll the knot to position the leg in what ever direction you would like.
I have a very limited supply that I’m willing to part with, so get them while supplies last!
10″ Strip of gray square rubber containing individual 16 strands.
Pick up your Square Rubber Legs While Supplies Last!
For step by step instructions on how to tie the Contraband Crab, check out the winter 2015 issue of Fly tyer Magazine (www.flytyer.com) or stay tuned to www.saltyflytying.com for my latest book.