Thanks Martin. It was fun to carry this off.
Matt, the legs are simply pieces of colored fly line backing tied in between the beads with a knot. You get a leg on each side that way. You can just cut them to length or you can "frizz" them up a bit and trim them afterwards. Check out the first hellgrammite I posted to see the legs "frizzed".
Just a note. Check out Nick Bertrand's Cohen Creature Hellgrammite posted here. Didn't know about these precut suede hellgrammite bodies when I started thinking about an articulated fly. They look pretty good and certainly would make really short work of tying a flexible hellgrammite.
Yes Matt, rubber legs were my first thought. I couldn't keep the knots tight though. Once I clipped the rubber to length, the legs seemed to almost unknot themselves with any small attempts to adjust them. I also tried some flash material I had. I think the rubber legs would be great and add a lot of movement. If you find a way to use them, let me know.
Good suggestion Matt. As usual we're on the same page. I had tried the gluing using silicon instead of rubber. It does work but there's a trade off at least in my hands. When I added the tiniest drop of glue these old hands could manage, it still got on the braided core holding the beads. That made the braid stiff and I lost a lot of movement in the extended abdomen. The legs do add some motion but I think I prefer the whole abdomen to move more freely. It's the horizontal movement that seems most impeded, not the side to side. Maybe you have better control than I do with the glue.
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