Ken's Micro Leech

December 2013

                               Fly Pattern: Ken's Micro Leech 

            Tyer's Name: Ken Campbell
            Date: December,2013

    Fly Originator and History: This fly is Ken's take on one of British Columbia's 
    elusive, but popular flies - the micro leech. This fly is one of Ken's top producers.

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: Use a Type 3 slinking line or a sinking leader rated 
    at about 3-ips (inches per second).
    Suggested retrieve: Slow retrieve with an occasional twitch.   
    Depth: Start at four-to-six feet  (mid-column) near the shore, and work from there. 
    Comments: Ken prefers to identify weighted flies with a red bead instead of using 
    red thread for the head. He has found that black and red, and black and orange 
    are the best colors for this fly.

                                Fly Material
    Hook: #12-16 dry fly, Tiemco 100 or equivalent.
    Bead: Red glass seed bead (size 11/0).
    Weight: #10 lead wire.
    Thread: Danville Fly Master Plus, black, 140 Denier.
    Tail: Four strands of red Krystal Flash.  Rabbit Strip, straight cut, red and  orange. 
    Body: Red and black Semi-Seal dubbing
    Other: Black Sharpie

                                Tying Steps
    1. Hook. With a red bead on the hook, weight the hook with 6-10 wraps of lead 
    wire. Push the wire up against the bead. 

    2. Lay down a thread base from behind the bead to the point above the barb (end point).

    3. Tail. The tail should be about a shank's length. Tie-in four strands of Krystal 
    Flash at the end point, and trim. 

    4. Behind the lead wire, tie in a small bunch of red rabbit on the top of the hook. 
    Secure it with a couple of thread wraps.  

    5. Cut off a small bunch of orange rabbit strip (same amount as the red). Use a 
    black Sharpie to add a little black color to the orange fur. Tie in the orange/black 
    rabbit on top of the red fur. Trim the excess fur.

    6. Body. Form a dubbing loop at the end point. Run the thread to the front of 
    the hook. Blend a small bunch of red and black dubbing. Add the dubbing to the 
    loop and spin the loop until it forms a yarn-like rope. 

    7. Wrap the dubbing forward to the bead, stroking the fibers rearward as you wrap.  
    Secure the dubbing and trim the excess.

    8. Whip finish (behind the bead). Use a wire brush to comb the dubbing fibers back 
    so they blend in with the tail. 

		Rick Shadforth 01/11/14