The mini leaches worked and so did the chiro's like when the guide switched Ira's mini leach to a chiro to prove it! My style would be a double eyed "level" mini leach that mimics the damsel nymph before it crawled out of this shuck from Crane! The 3 days before the guide day at times my boat and ropes were covered with damsel nymphs. The fishery used to be famous for it's damsel hatches and migrations before the sticklebacks invasion although I never fished it back then. The year before on Crane they still had ice over half the lake at the opener so this may of had an impact on the stickleback population and who knows they might rebound this coming year and wipe out the damsels again but there was a very noticeable change in the whole system (thank God) Hopefully it stays that way. I also have something against using leaches or buggers (although I speed troll large bead chain buggers) It is my last resort of fly choice because it just seams to easy or basic although I know they will work when fish are found that is why I came up with my Bloody Mary, it's mine, and it works! I prefer to fool myself into thinking I matched the hatch! One of the main reasons I even fly fish. If I see leaches swarming the water and crawling up my ropes you be knowing I will have leaches that I tied years ago with simi seal and Canadian mohair's in sparse leach style. Like I always say "heck even Denny Rickards can catch a fish on a leach" I would much rather fish a nymph and think I matched the cali hatch or traveling caddis hatch. I know this isn't popular thinking, and I know how well mini leaches work under indi's but I like to invent my own crap and fool myself into thinking I did something all by myself! This of coarse is a flaw in my "thinking" when it comes to fly fishing, even in the 80's when everyone was tying on the teeny nymph for steelhead and trout I never tied one on my tippet, yet I still caught a ton of fish! Don't get me wrong Trout, I love those leaches and know you are one hell of a fisherman! and you make a great point of "you can't always fish chiro's" I'm just hard headed!!!