Homestretch tying II - Leeches

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by troutpocket, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. troutpocket

    troutpocket Active Member

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    Lakes can't be fished with chironomids alone. That's why I tied these. The little ones hang under indicators.
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  2. Steve Kokita

    Steve Kokita FISHON206

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    Those look good! Tied any balanced leeches?
     
  3. Teenage Entomologist

    Teenage Entomologist Gotta love the pteronarcys.

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    The big ones are Mohair Leeches I presume? I love those patterns. The flies look good.
     
  4. troutpocket

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    The bigger ones are simi seal - which may indeed contain some mohair.

    Steve - yes on balanced patterns and jig style too. But the little leeches in the photo are just as effective for me.
     
  5. Drifter

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    Well I haven't started yet because I'm still tying chiro's right now but I have to come up with a balance damsel nymph! With the stickleback demise at crane prairie last year the damsels are back and the food base has changed yet again! From what I witnessed I'd be a "FOOL" not to invent a good level-balance- leach to match a traveling damsel nymph for anywhere on the lake...... Anyone know where I can get some small red bead chains?...."HINT".....I know I can use red mono but what a pain to melt and they do not weigh anything to level the leach out. Bead chains are much easier!
     
  6. generic

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    Have you tried the craft stores?
     
  7. Drifter

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    Yeah actually I have! Jo Annes super store and a bead shop by my place! When the time come's I'll find them hell or high-water!!! I plan on making them like my stillhead flies but A little smaller! Or maybe put a small tungston bead behind red mono eye's for weight ahead of the post. See "darn-it" now you have me thinking damsels ----and I'm not finished with my chiro box yet!!!
     
  8. generic

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    Hey Mark, just checked with the wife. We have a shop at Etsy.com, and they have them. It's not our shop that sells what you're looking for, but there is one there.

    Go to Etsy.com, and put "red ball chain" in the search, then on the left side click "craft supplies.
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    I catch far more trout in stillwaters with some manner of leech pattern than anything else... including buzzer emergers under a bobber :D
     
  10. troutpocket

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    Mark - since you have crane in your sights this year . . .the smaller leeches in my photo are what I fished on that trip last July. They worked.
     
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    Me too, Gene. I just tend to hang my leeches under a bobber :)
     
  12. troutpocket

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    More props to JohnK. I've been tying leeches with dubbing brushes for years but still got some good tips from his video:
     
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    At times I can tie some nice looking flies, but people who really know what they are doing make it look so easy. Whether it is casting or tying, it is fun to watch people who make it look easy!
     
  14. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    At first I couldn't see what you were talking about, but then the brush came out before the wrapping, then the pull back and the spin! Great fly!
     
  15. Lue Taylor

    Lue Taylor Lue Taylor/dbfly

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    I once was teaching a friend how to ty he tied this leech fly of his that looked like he took the material thru a blender managed to get it tied on a hook we went to Leech Lake and you know the rest of the story yes just killed them had his best day ever. As they say fly shop sells flies to catch fisherman real fishermen ty flies to catch fish and the natural are not perfect
     
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