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Bleeding Schlappen Leech – Darren MacEachern

Leeches are a staple food item for trout in lakes and streams. I have often heard them described as dessert for feeding trout. This pattern came about because I wanted a heavier version of a Woolly Bugger with out adding lead or expensive metal beads. In bright sunny conditions, this pattern glows due to the silver-lined beads. While glass beads don’t weigh much, the amount used in the pattern creates a quick sinking treat for trout. I tie this in a light tan, purple, and olive as well as the black.


Bleeding Schlappen Leech
Bleeding Schlappen Leech

The Bleeding Schlappen Leech
Originated by Darren MacEachern
Tied by Darren MacEachern

Hook: 4xl streamer hook size 2 – 12.
Thread: Black 8/0 (70 Denier)
Tail: Black Marabou
Body: Red Silver-lined Glass Beads
Hackle: Peacock Black Schlappen
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More video from Riseform Studio

As promised, Riseform has published more content for us fly tyers to consume.  The second pattern is J.C.’s Black Bead Stonefly by John Collins. Finally a worthy use for all those dollar store beads I bought so long ago.  Here we are with a nice little winter stonefly pattern. I’ve often seen these in the early spring hatching on the western streams.


J.C.’s Black Bead Stonefly

Hook: Dai-Riki 285 curved nymph sizes 18 – 20
Thread: 8/0 Black
Abdomen: 5 Black size #15 round glass beads
Tail: 2 Dark Moose Body Hairs
Wing Pads: Black Domestic Turkey Feather
Thorax: Black Rabbit Dubbing
Legs: Black Ring Neck Pheasant Head Feather