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 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!
Sold as a 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.
Exactly as expected-hard to find square legs for tying crab flies at a decent price and fast shipping.
Super happy with the Bauer rubber legs I got—working with them on a number of crab patterns!
Perfect for Bauer and Contraband crabs. I couldn't find square legs anywhere else.
Great working with the square rubber legs. Will be using them for a while
I have used Drew's square grey rubber legs on my crab patterns for the last year. His contraband crab is deadly and the way the square legs move in the water really does entice the Permit to take. I've had more follows and takes since switching to the square legs. They can be tied so that the legs point in the correct position to move like the natural when they are slowly moved along the flats bottom.
No more dried out/ cracked rubber bands! Flat profile works great on Bauer crab patterns, easy to glue and stirs up the mud/sand when stripped.
Permit seem to know that square legs equal yummy. These the only - repeat - only lets that work on Bauer crabs in PG Belize
These legs are identical to the ones used on store bought Bauer crabs. Lately,
the latest batch of Bauer crabs must have been tied with different hooks, since the hook gap is much smaller and I have lost a few permit before deciding to tie my own Bauer crabs. After searching everywhere, Salty Fly Tying is the only place to buy them. I started using them on other crab patterns after realizing how much movement they have compared to the other thinner rubber legs. Check out this video demonstrating the life-like rubber leg vibration.