Al Bunell was a friend and fellow fly tier. A man of personal class and exquisite fly tying skill. One of Al’s specialty flies was the Starlight Leech. This is my version of Al’s fly.
Al left us behind during fall chinook season in 2007. Al taught me much about tying flies, and much more, and I miss him. He was always generous with his time and his skill. Thank you, Al.
The Starlight Leech is one of my favorite picks for winter steelhead, summer stelhead, spring steelhead, and fall steelhead. No kidding. In time, I will share this pattern in different colors, but always the same basic components, the stuff that drives steelhead to eat.
Starlight Leech Modern Version
Hook: TMC 700 #2-6
Thread: Lagartun 150 x-strong Black
Tail: Black Arctic Fox and Hot Orange Krystal Flash
Body: Speckled Crystal Chenille Midnight Fire
Hackle: Black Saddle or Schlappen
Eyes: BalzEyes – Red
Head: Fl. Flame Chenille, medium