Have you ever run out of ideas, flies, to throw at that stubborn trout? He's not moving much, not actively feeding? Here's the deal --- throw him a leech! Last year out West Michelle and I both caught our biggest trout on tandem rigs featuring two leeches. We were fly fishing in the Northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park where the Cutthroats get lots of attention. Both trout were stubborn and didn't want to play, they had seen it all in this heavily fished stream. Until we gave them a leech to look at, bam fish on! We cast them quartering upstream, let them dead drift, then swing and then strip them in slowly with short strokes. When all else fails, give 'em leeches.
|Photographed and tied by Doug Korn|
I tie simple leeches. All you need is; a bead, hook and a piece of yarn. Use some strong thread to hold it all together... brush and tease it out and you have your leech. The best colors for out West; black, brown, olive and dark red... sizes 10-12. Here in the East; pink, black, red and for some unknown reason yellow... sizes 12-14.