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Pattern Squirrel Leech
Squirrel Leech
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Category Streamers
Entered Mon, 12 May 2008
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Hook: TMC 2457 #6-14...................... Thread: 6/0 Rusty brown or to match Squirrel strip color................................................ Bead: Gold or Copper Brass or tungsten Bead, sized to hook..................................... Tail: Pine Squirrel Strip, rusty brown or to match natural................................................... Collar: Fur From Pine Squirrel strip, spun in a dubbing loop
Pattern Description
This cool little leech pattern is my take on the Wyoming Grey Reef pattern that goes by the name of the Cowboy Leech. The Cowboy Leech has a collar of wrapped squirrel strip that I find a bit too bulky for my taste, so I have subbed in a dubbing loop collar for the same effect without the volume. I tie this fly on a short, curved scud hook as I like how well they hook and hold fish, but you could certainly tie it on a longer shanked, 3 or 4X long hook with good results. Fish this fly on a stout, 3X leader and retrieve with a long slow strip or even fish it dead drift under an indicator. Don't forget to try flies like this on our local rivers like the South Platte and the Colorado...tons of leeches to be found here at home too.