Jan’s Blood Vein Leech is a great leech pattern with a little extra kick for those slightly turbid western reservoirs. The Jay Fair Marabou combined with just the right amount of flash separates this leech from others and draws strikes that others don’t.
Imitates: Leech or small baitfish in lakes, reservoirs, and slower moving rivers. An apparent dark red vein can sometimes be evident on larger leech and results in a great trigger on the fly.
Useful for: Trout in western stillwaters and slower rivers. Most effective when retrieved behind a full sinking, sink tip, or floating line.
Tricks/Techniques: This pattern moves well under water with the marabou tail. I prefer to use a long, painfully slow retrieve with long pauses when fishing this style fly. Its body made of blended trilobal dubbing adds just the right amount of contrast to insure your fly is seen. The red flash is sometimes all it takes to turn a good day, into a great one.
This fly is hand tied at my own bench in the United States of America under the highest of scrutiny. A tested and proven pattern.