Jay Nicholas shows how to tie a trout fly on a tube – featuring a simple lake leech fly. This fly style is very effective fished in lakes and many rivers and is often tied on a long shank hook.
Tied on a small classic tube by Pro Sportfisher, this style offers the option of fishing with a small short shank hook that will be easier on the fish in addition to being less prone to pulling free given the leverage of a long shank.
In addition to being easy on the fish, the fly should last a little longer, we hope, because it should slide up the leader and be away from the sharp fish teeth.
One possible feature of this fly tied on a tube is the likelihood that it will sink less than a traditional lake leech on a long shank hook. Using a slow sinking fly line and fishing over weed beds keep our flies in the trout zone instead of dragging up seaweed.
Key materials of Brown Lake Leech Lake Tube Trout fly are noted as follows:
Thread – Veevus 6/0 or 10/0, black
Hook – Daiichi Short Shank Straight Eye D1640 #8/10
Mandrel – Small Pro Sportfisher Flexi Needle
Tube – Small Classic Pro Sportfisher Tube, black or clear
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