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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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Cone Head Foxy Crystal Bugger

The Conehead Foxy Crystal Bugger is a departure from the original black and olive bugger Russell Blessing first cast many years ago. I use dyed fox tail hair in place of marabou. It maintains most of the action of marabou and adds extra durability for fishing hard-hitting trout and bass.

You can tie this in any of the standard Woolly Bugger colors such as the traditional black & olive, purple, claret, white, Chilli Pepper (brown and orange), browns or any combination. The cone, along with some extra body weight ensures this fly sinks deep and fast, perfect for stillwater or floating down the river.

Throw this fly at trout, bass, anything you think might take a swipe. Buggers have been tied to represent many prey items such as helgramites, minnows, crayfish, stonefly nymphs, amphibians or leeches.

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Cone Head Foxy Crystal Bugger

Hook: 3-4xl Streamer hook Mustad 9672
Bead: 5mm Brass cone
Thread: Olive 6/0 (140 d)
Tail: Olive fox tail hair
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Rib: Copper wire
Body: Olive Estaz
Hackle: Olive saddle hackle

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Suskwa Poacher tied by Darren MacEachern

The Suskwa Poacher is tied on an articulated shank aka stinger hook or intruder hook. You can find the tutorial for tying the shank at https://youtu.be/928yL1gK1RU and it can be used to tie this fly and many others.

The Suskwa Poacher is a popular and proven Egg Sucking Leech pattern. This dark colored articulated fly is a killer choice for winter steelhead runs and for colored water in warmer seasons. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the spawning steelhead attach leeches on sight because they see them as predators of their vulnerable eggs. The leeches are hit aggressively, bitten, spit out and left for dead.

The fly can be fished on the swing or dead drifted along the bottom. Be sure to use a string wire for the leash and be sure to fold back the tag ends and you’ll have a nice sturdy fly.

Suskwa Poacher fly pattern recipe

Shank: 40mm shank w/ 20lb wire
Thread: 6/0 Fl. pink
Eye: 4mm Brass barbell
Butt: Med. pink chenille
Rear collar: Black marabou
Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Body: Flat braid silver
Shoulder: Med. pink chenille
Front collar: Black marabou
Flash: June Bug Flashabou
Hackle: Silver Dr. Blue Schlappen
Head: Med. pink chenille

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