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  1. The two balsa pieces (abdomen and head) are threaded and glued onto a short piece of 8 lb. mono which is melted at each end to prevent the balsa from pulling off. This is the weak link in the construction. They are NOT super durable but fish well enough to make it worth it. They always stay on the surface - and no floatant is needed. The wing material is reflective which makes them easy to see, especially on relatively slow stream flows.Yes I have used them. The takes are very confident. I used to sell kits that contained all the supplies needed to make a lifetime supply, including detailed instructions. I did a McMurray Ant construction seminar at a local shop and most first timer were pretty successful making the bodies.

  2. Vladimir

    That is a priceless story; another accidental discovery that would not have been made if the observer (you) had not paid such close attention. And you are absolutely right, it is the PERFECT material for insect legs. The properties of the stretched tape are better than I could imagine; not just for looks but the way they fish too. As luck would have it, the cassette tape I found used BLACK tape, not the usual brown. I have tied up several beetles using this technique and they look like they could crawl off my tying bench. I had recently experimented with Power Pro braid and must say this material after being coated with Aqua Seal, comes in a close second to cassette legs. I will post a photo soon as I just received the 65 lb. and 50 lb. test lines that have the best diameters for legs. I would be happy to send you some samples if you'd like. To me, the sharing of ideas like this, from around the world, is what makes forums like this so valuable. Thank you again.

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    The black beetle has legs made from 12 lb. Maxima Chameleon the green beetle has legs made from 30# Power Pro. I have 50# and 65# Power Pro on order as I would prefer a slightly larger diameter leg. However the unique blend of flexibility and stiffness makes the Power Pro far superior to nylon mono which looks good but is way too stiff. Both beetles are tied on a size 14 hook.

  4. I have experimented with almost every conceivable material for use as beetle legs. Hackle, deer hair, moose hair, porcupine guard hair, rubber, spandex, nylon bristles, nylon mono (Maxima chameleon), knotted pheasant tail, and more. Some better than others. None with the exact properties I've been looking for. Until today!

    You have to try this to believe it: Power Pro braid in moss green. 30# (0.11), 50# (0.14) or 65# (0.i6) test. Has an excellent, buggy texture and the moss green is near perfect. It can be crimped with tweezers to form gnarly looking legs. I use Fiskars for cutting it; a slightly frayed end looks a bit like feet.

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