The Vibrating Daddy

by Jonathan on December 13, 2009

This is not an accepted fly pattern (none of the experts have devised it yet). Over the years the use of vibrating rubber legs has become popular with some anglers. The early flies used flexi floss which did the job but were not as good as the modern materials. Their success on the stillwaters for browns and rainbows led to the development of Sili legs and Micro Rubber legs which give a lot more life to the fly. Both of these are readily available in a range of different colours.

The method demonstrated I have found to be the simplest to tie to get the legs to sit well on the hook. The use of colours on the legs and bodies is only limited by your imagination. I do find a ‘hotspot’ at the tail helps.

  • Hook  Long shank lt. wt 10                                                          
  • Thread  Brown/black                                                                       
  • Hotspot  Fluorescent orange/red/green floss                                    
  • Body  2 Strands of 4 ply nylon wool brown/black/olive           
  • Hackle  Long fibre cock hackle   brown/black/olive                          
  • Legs  Sili Legs/Micro Rubber colour to match body

Give this one a try and let me know how you get on !

Dave C and The Team

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

craig June 1, 2012 at 5:40 pm

i tie a similar pattern

short shank hook light wire for dry flies
orange body
sometimes i use beadchain eyes with a #6 octopus hook for subsurface applications

taken some fairly large browns with it
a variety of our panfish and carp as well

another great pattern

Paul Price August 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

That is a fantastic looking fly.

Grant D March 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Hi Dave,

Just stumbled upon this fantastic site today all the way from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
I love this pattern and will tie some up for the Kamloops lakes I fish on.
Thanks for a great site.

Grant D

Calum February 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Hi Dave what company can you get henny cock capes from?

Calum February 26, 2011 at 6:39 am

Great, thanks a lot, my birthday coming up in a few weeks, might ask for a few henny cock capes, thanks.

DaveC February 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Hi Calum
There is no great mystery to henny cock hackles. They are capes from young cock birds and many of the bargain offer cock capes are henny capes.Whilst they are fairly mobile they are not as soft as hen capes. I would venture to say that most cock capes sold which are not of premium quality are henny. Best used on palmered flies that need a bit of movement.
Hope this helps
Happy Fishing
Dave C.and Team

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