Another leech pattern for lakes

#3
The original calls for no underbody and flashabou tied in at the head to run along the sides. I added an ice dub (or any generic leech dub) underbody and omitted the extra flash. These are on #8 TMC 200R and #10 3XL 2XH nymph hooks.

And yes, this one is proven!
 
#6
Those are fantastic. Care to break them down. Looks like Matuka style?????
Thanks, Blue!

Here's the recipe:
Hook: 8-10 3XL nymph or TMC 200R
Bead: 1/8” brass, color to suit
Tail and body: bunny (size 8) or squirrel strip (size 10) tied in Matuka-style
Underbody: ice dub or other dubbing, color to match or contrast body
Overwing: marabou, color to match or contrast body.

Slide bead onto hook. Tie in thread behind the bead and put down thread base over the hook and stop over the hook barb. Measure bunny strip to reach just behind the bead and divide fur fibers to give yourself a tie down point directly over the barb of the hook. Tie in bunny strip and trim tail to length (tips of fur should extend about 1 shank length beyond hook bend . . .don't leave enough leather to foul the hook point). Fold back body section of bunny to expose the shank. Dub in underbody material in dubbing loop. Fold body section of bunny over the dubbed underbody and tie down just behind the bead. Trim end of leather if necessary to leave a slight gap between the leather and bead. Select a clump of marabou and tie down immediately behind the bead as overwing with tips not extending beyond hook bend. Pinch-dub a bit of bunny fur or underbody dubbing material and cover thread wraps behind the bead. Whip finish.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#8
I just recently learned a trick to keep bunny or other such tail material from fowling the hook. Just beyond and up to the hook bend on the bunny leather put a little super glue or other type of clear hardener. The bunny won't bend down and it gives the tail a little more flutter.

This does not work as well for my bunny leeches that I tie right behind the bead.

Great pattern by the way.
 
#9
Sexy and you know it.

I have heard of people tying in a slight loop of mono off the tail to keep the bunny suspended out over the bend.
 

skyrise

Active Member
#11
very nice. i need to try using black fly's again.
some of your ideas might work for a Perch fly i want to try. some lakes have perch in them and brown trout.
my guess is the bigger browns would be eating the smaller Perch.
 
#12
Very nice TP, great color combinations. I find at times combinations work when solid colors are weak for whatever reason.

As for why leeches work when buggers don't so much, some of those answers we'll probably never know. However, leeches move the water much differently than buggers do. These differences are strike triggers, when and why they work is the fun part. Trying to learn the answers is what keeps us coming back...to the vice and the water!
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#14
I haven't seen any leeches tied like troutpocket's (truth is I don't get out all that much beyond my local waters). They look pretty fat and juicy.
Mark, I like those sparse patterns you tied. Those are more like what I visualize when I think of tying a leech. I usually just tie up bugger styles, though. I am going to have to tie some "real" leeches. Is that body material "mohair?"
Thanks, guys, for all the good info!
 
#15
I haven't seen any leeches tied like troutpocket's (truth is I don't get out all that much beyond my local waters). They look pretty fat and juicy.
Mark, I like those sparse patterns you tied. Those are more like what I visualize when I think of tying a leech. I usually just tie up bugger styles, though. I am going to have to tie some "real" leeches. Is that body material "mohair?"
Thanks, guys, for all the good info!
Jim, the ones I tied do slim down in the water.

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Even so, they are a fat, juicy representation compared to most of the "wild" leeches I've seen in the lakes that I fish. But hey, I like to eat my domesticated turkey rather than those skinny, tough birds people bring home during hunting season :p