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Hale Bopp Leech

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Over the past few weeks I've heard multiple references made to this pattern. I decided to check it out. From the pictures I could find online, it looks alot like a mohair leech except with a very scraggley dubbed body.

I like the look of the pattern but maybe I'm missing something. To those who use/tie this pattern, what is it about this pattern that sets it apart? Is it the dubbing blends? The long slender tail, or the undersized bead? What colors do you like? (typical black, olive and wine or something else.

I really like the seal bugger in black/red, olive and white for my non-descript leech pattern, but maybe I will tie some of these up and give them a shot.

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I'm going to tie some up with both glass beads and tungsten. From the looks of it, I guess what sets it apart is the undersized bead, picked out scraggley body and long slender tail.

Phil: I like your idea of a tinsel underbody. I've seen other leech patterns ribbed with flashabou and then picked out, sounds similar.

Any other dubbing mixes/combos you like? I'm planning on some olive, brown-olive, black, white and red-black mixes.


I like your theory. I have found that my number one retrieve for buggers/leech patterns regardless of time of year is fairly quick, consistent 3-4 inch strips after letting it sink on a Type II. I will pause now and again, but I like to keep the fly moving. I have tried the long, slow 1-2 foot pull (ala Denny Rickards) hand twist and others, but for leeches that is my number one retrieve. If I weight my leeches, I'm almost always wrapping lead on the shank as opposed to a bead. I wrap the bead towards the front of the shank, so not sure there is a huge difference besides the shine/flash from the bead. Sounds like I may want to mess around with some glass beads though.

Chiros, scuds and callibaetis patterns ect I will strip alot slower and pause more often or not move them much at all. I always find it interesting when the fish want a dead still chiro one day and a moving one the next, I'm sure wave action/movement plays a role in that too.

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