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Tying a Balanced Leech

Tying a Balanced Leech 0

Hey, this is John Wood, and I am coming to you from East Rosebud Fly and Tackle in Billings, Montana. In this video I'm gonna tie for you fly known as the balanced Leach, and this is a version that was taught to me by a good friend of mine from Colorado, Justin Brenner. Now, the balance Leech was actually originated by Jerry McBride of Spokane, Washington around 2005. And it's a great fly, and if anybody that's fish with me can tell you that I am not a big fly fisherman, I like small flies, I like things that are easy to cast, dry flies, small nymphs, this thing here kinda cast like a cowboy hat, but it's worth the effort, when fished the way it's intended to be, it's fish to under an indicator, and that's one of the reason that makes it so hard to cast. And we'll talk about that as we go along. I wanna show you the materials we're using, we're gonna be tying this on the... I get that nowhere. You can see the numbers, the U555 Jig hook in size 12, the threat I'm using for this brand, and one version is the rusty Brown Uni 6/0, and you can see it's a burnt orange color as opposed to UTC Rusty Brown, which is more actually brown.

Fruit Roll Up Leech Fly Tying Tutorial 1

Pattern developed by ERFT friend Willy Self, this hands down is our favorite leech pattern. Incredibly effective in most any stillwater situation, also a proven winner when it comes to Carp. We like using STS dubbing for the body, but any combination of leech material can be used, just a matter of personal preference. Most effective sizes range from size 6-10 primarily black or olive in color.