Hook-3XL, 2XH streamer hook-sz. 2 or 4
Thread-6/0 black or clear mono
Weight-o.o25 lead wire-6 wraps centered
Foul Guard-15 or 20 lb. mono tied in horizontal loop at hook rear
Tail-black zonker strip
Body-black crosscut zonker strip
Rubber Legs-4 black silicone or rubber legs-2 each side
Dubbing Loop-black dubbing spun and brushed out-wrapped forward to head
Nail Polish Head Coats-1.) black 2.) clear with purple glitter 3.) clear coat
This is a pattern that you can do a lot with. Color and material options are endless but the one important factor for this pattern is to keep it simple. The focus is to make sure your materials are free to move and breathe underwater. This leech will move nicely on its own without you manipulating it at all. Make sure that your mono loop is not too large at the back as it will hinder the action of tail. Sometimes it takes a little practice to find the right size for this step. The super glue step before you wrap the the crosscut bunny strip is not necessary but it adds durability to the fly. Do not hesitate to experiment with different weight options and sizes to match your target species and water conditions. I blend my own dubbing for this fly and have come up with a mixture of black dubbing and purple flash that suits my eye. If you decide to tie this pattern up, tying a few at a time will help speed up the final coats of polish on the head as the rest of the pattern is very quick and simple. Tie a few up and get fishing!
This pattern has replaced a black woolly bugger in my fly box. I have these tied up in sz. 4 for small stream bass and larger sz. 2/0 patterns for bigger rivers and lakes. This pattern has two key functions which are movement and silhouette. I fish this pattern primarily on cloudy days, rainy days, and when the water is murky or stained. In order for a fish to be able to take your offering, they have to be able to see it and nothing stands out against water the color of chocolate milk like a black bunny leech. This fly does very well on the swing as it moves very well on its own but a strip retrieve with the right cadence can produce a pulsing movement in the bunny fur that can produce savage takes. Northern Pike crush this fly especially the larger sizes and smallmouth love it too. Don't be afraid to swing this fly for steelhead. Get out there and try this pattern!