Retiring My Go To Pattern For The 2012 Season

Shawn West

Active Member
I have decided to retire my go to pattern for the 2012 fishing season. I caught a boatload of fish using the Arizona Simiseal Leech. Why would I retire this pattern for the year? Good question. I am thinking that I have grown too dependent on this pattern. I need to expand my arsenal by fishing with other patterns and learning how to fish them with confidence. I have been experimenting at the tying bench with different baitfish imitations all winter. Thanks to Big E, I will be tying some Peanut Butter flies to add to that collection. I am also going to go back to some old school streamers and see how they work out here. Tom Nixon has some great patterns that I am sure few if any bass have seen in the Columbia River and ponds.

I am not sure how long I will make it before breaking out what AZ SS Leeches I have left, but I plan to leave them at home for the first few outings. I will keep you posted on how it goes and what patterns are working for me. I can not wait for the weather to start warming up the local waters. Have a great warm water season.


Ed Call

Well-Known Member
I can see you out there with one or two in little glass vials: "In case of Skunk-mergency, break glass, tie on and break the slump"