Fly Tying: The G.B.D Micro Leech
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Fly Tying: The G.B.D Micro Leech

Whether it is in a morning/evening session or after a big chironomid feed takes place, micro leeches are a staple food source that can save even the toughest of days.  This fly works great in the shallows under a strike indicator, fished on an intermediate sinking line, or in deeper water on a full sink.

This is an incredibly simple marabou micro-leech with a collar of Arizona Simi-Seal in “Black/Purple”.  To me, that is the most important part of the fly itself.  The iridescent and translucent qualities of this dubbing allow you to keep the fly sparse while still maintaining a teardrop profile.

This fly was inspired by Brian Chan’s B.M.W, the only difference being the dubbed collar of black/purple simi-seal.  This fly is nothing new and has likely been tied a bunch of times by a bunch of different people, I gave it a name because it sounded better than “Micro leech with a black marabou tail/body and some black and purple dubbing up front”.  G.B.D stands for Guaranteed Bobber Down, a fitting name when this fly is fished under a strike indicator.

Material List:

Hook – Dai Riki #710 or equivalent

Bead – Black Nickel or Orange, sized to match hook.

Thread – UTC 70 Black

Tail – Marabou

Rib – UTC Red Wire (Small)

Body – Twisted Marabou Fibres

Collar – Arizona Simi-Seal (Black/Purple)

Slide a bead onto the hook.  This fly is tied with a size 12 Dai-Riki #710 hook with a 7/64 Black Nickel bead.

Tie in a tail of black marabou fibres, leaving the entire length of the feather attached.  Fold the excess back and make a wrap of thread, this will keep it out of the way when tying in your red wire.  The rest of the Marabou feather will be used for the body.

Tie in a length of small red wire, this will be wrapped over the body material.  Another alternative to this method is tying in the stem of the marabou at the front, wrapping it back down the shank then counter-wrapping your wire forward.  Both ways will work, as long as the wire is present to increase durability of the fly.

Twist your marabou fibres and wrap forward for the body, followed by the red wire as a rib.  The increasing diameter of the marabou fibres will form a naturally tapered body as you wrap forward.

Form a dubbing loop behind the bead and spin a few turns of black/purple Arizona Simi-Seal dubbing.  Palmer this material by pulling back on the fibres before each wrap.

Whip finish and brush the dubbing portion of the fly out.  This will keep the fly sparse while maintaining a neatly tapered body when wet.

Voila, that is it!!  This is a very easy fly to tie and works wonders in many stillwater fishing situations.  June is approaching quickly and is one of the best months of the year for stable weather and great stillwater action.  If you want to get on the water this spring, drop your name below about a guided trip and we will make it happen!



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