Time is money, which is why I’m determined to see how many working flies I can tie that only involve one or two in the slivers of free time I have before the upcoming season.
This is obviously a pattern that was invented long before I was even born, but it is a great stillwater fly if you don’t have a lot of time and need something that is going to really work. I have chosen a size 12 straight eye, 3x long shank curved nymph hook, STS Trilobal Blood Leech dubbing and a 3/32 gold bead. There are an endless amount of dubbings that will all tie slightly differently, I find STS Trilobal and seal fur to be my favourites for small leeches.
Hook: Dai-Riki #270
Thread: UTC 70 Black
Tail & Body: STS Trilobal Dubbing
Bead: 3/32 Gold Bead
Step 1: Slide your bead of choice onto the hook.
Step 2: Make a very small tail of dubbing, usually about half of a shank length
Step 3: Form a dubbing loop and insert the dubbing of your choice.
Step 4: Wrap your dubbing forward & diligently pick it out with a dubbing brush. You want these leeches to be sparse and translucent