Saturday, July 6, 2013

Experimenting With The Seal Leech Pattern


Fishing the Trout Derby Saturday on the Sipsey tailrace afforded me the opportunity to experiment with different fly patterns and different fishing techniques. The experimenting came about because of the slow bite while fishing the Derby. There was virtually no hatch, which resulted in limited dry action and slow nymph action. A lot of the fisherman started going through their fly boxes to select a pattern that might get some takes.

I had tried all the usual patterns in the dries and nymphs with no luck, so I tied on what I like to call a mini bugger in the form of a fly called the Seal Leech, David at The Trout Zone tied for me back in the spring.
So with about 20 minutes left before check in I tied on the Leech. I knew I was going to fish the fly dead drifting and swing casting it through some of the runs I fished earlier in the morning with the dries and nymphs. I had lost two trout around 9 AM on nymphs in this run, so back for those two and hopefully more. I waded into position and made my first cast up stream and let the line swing into a curve position and started to strip line when I got my first take. It was no earth shadowing take but I knew I had a trout on immediately. I promptly landed, photographed and measured the trout which measured 10 inches and released it back into the water. I checked my watch for the time, which indicated Charles and I had roughly 10 minutes to make it back to the fly shop to check in at the 12 AM hour. So reluctantly I waded out of the water to where Charles was waiting and we walked back to his truck and LEFT!!
 
So with one cast, one unique pattern and no time left to make additional cast that ended my Derby for this year; but rest assure I will be back next year with this little leech and ready for any eager trout to take it. That one take and one trout proved something to me Saturday to always be innovative and experiment, because you never know when you will tie on that magic pattern.


 

12 comments:

Daniel said...

That looks like a winner to me, I'd eat it.

Mel said...

Bill, I have tied and used these "Mini-Buggers" over the years with really good success. Most of my time was spent fishing in lakes and ponds with this fly. David has got you onto a very worthwhile pattern.

Bill Trussell said...

Daniel
A unique little pattern, that will land bass and bluegill as well as trout. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
A simple pattern, and so effective when the bite is slow. thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Trying something new is always fun, and when it works all the better.
Way to go.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Time was my enemy that Saturday, hopefully I will get a chance to fish it more in the next couple of weeks. The rain has put a damper on the tailrace for at least a week or so. thanks for the comment

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Besides lacking dry flies... you won't find too my leeches! Mainly because I find them too big for the box. Now, these mini leeches just might be the ticket! Nice tie.

Bill Trussell said...

RD
This little leech pattern might surprise you as to it's effectiveness out that way. It got my attention on the tailrace recently. thanks for the comment

Bill said...

Sometimes all it takes is something they've never seen before to get them interested. Too bad you ran out of time, I'd be willing to bet they work just as well the next time around.

Bill Trussell said...

Bill
This place is famous for trout hitting new flies and yes this is one they haven't seen. thanks for the comment

The NOCO Nympher said...

Bill! I admire that tenacity! Gotta love it! Down to the wire and fish on! Good stuff! I like the fly.....! Will have to check them out! B Safe and how is the gill count coming?

Bill Trussell said...

Noco
The Leech will be the first fly I will try next year. The bluegill count will continue Saturday. I don't think I will make it this year. thanks for the comment