Tying the Root Beer Leech (Jack Simpson)

I tie the Pyramid Lake Woolly Worm a little bit different from the ones from Jan Nemec, but they are essentially the same pattern. The chartreuse and black variation are referred to as the Northern Lights color. It’s a good choice for fishing water where the clarity isn’t optimal. You get a pop of color and a great looking silhouette streaming through the water.

This simple fly comes from BC fly tyer Jack Simpson. The fly is really quite simple but has given Jack one memorable day back in 2009, helping him land an 18 lb rainbow trout.

The fly uses silver lined glass seed beads. Use the larger size 8/0 beads for sizes 8-10 and 10/0 for smaller hook sizes.

Fish this fly from late fall to early spring, just after ice off. The fly fishes well over weed beds and along reeds near shore. It is also a good choice for an ice fishing fly.

Root Beer Leech Fly pattern recipe

Hook: C53s #8-14
Thread: 6/0 Camel brown
Head: Red glass seed bead
Body: Rootbeer glass seed beads (4-5)
Tail: Marabou (black, brown and burnt orange)
Glue: hard as nails or Solarez

If you like this pattern, check out the California 420 Leech.


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