Classic Video: How to Tie Reece’s Simple Mini Leech

Bob Reece is a junior-high science teacher from Cheyenne, Wyoming, who spends his summer guiding for North Park Anglers in Walden, Colorado. He also works with the Cheyenne branch of Project Healing Waters and runs a fly-fishing club for 7th and 8th grade students at the school where he works. You can learn more by visiting his Reece’s Thin Air Angler Facebook page. We have previously featured his Hot Amber Caddis Nymph, Hindsight trailing streamer, and Missing Link dry fly.

In this video, he ties a an extremely simple leech pattern that looks great when wt and is especially effective on still waters:

My favorite colors for this pattern are Black, Sculpin Olive and Brown. I fish it as shown in the video on still waters and prefer to add one or two 1/8 inch black tungsten beads when using it on streams and rivers. I’ve caught fish with this pattern on heavily fished lakes, tail waters and free stones. It is a consistent producer.

In this video, Bob walks you through the pattern, which should be pretty easy for even novice tiers to create. It’s fascinating how two simple materials can combine to make such a great imitation of a real leech.

          Simple Mini Leech
          Hook: Gamakatsu Octopus Hook, size 8.
          Thread: Black, 6/0.
          Body/tail: Black Micro Pine-Squirrel Zonker strip.
          Flash: Black Krystal Flash.
          Adhesive: Zap-A-Gap.
          Head: Tying thread and Zap-A-Gap.
          Note: Try this pattern in brown or olive, as well.

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