This week we are tying a Seal Bugger. I should rename this fly to Cousin It, because it looks like a giant hair ball. Dont worry, just add water and the long fibers create movement and a really tasty bug.
The direct dubbing method creates a sparse full body profile. You are going to tie clumps of dubbing on the top, bottom and sides of the hook shank to create a 360 profile. When you tie in your clumps make 2 wraps in the middle of the dubbing clump, then fold the forward facing dubbing towards the rear of the fly, make 2-3 wraps in front of the tie in point and repeat on the opposite side of the hook shank. Keep you clumps sparse so as to not create to much bulk in the body. Remember you want a thin profile with lots of movement.
Leeches are not the angry blood sucking vampires that we grew up fearing but are a big swimming meal of protein available to trout. Lakes are full of them and imitations are a must in your lake repertoire. Leeches swim with an undulating pitching motion and do not move very fast. This makes them an easy meal for cruising trout. Their sizes range from 2-6 inches, size 10-3XL to 4-3XL hooks. Naturals are a mottled color with their dorsal side darker and ventral sides being a lighter color. Colors range from black, olive, brown, claret, grey and tan.
When fishing this pattern vary your depth to put your fly in the fishes face. Lake fish will often cruise at a consistent depth looking for food and thats were you want to be. Retrieves can vary from day to day. I like to start out with their swimming motion in mind. Slow strips about 6 inches with a pause, then another 6 inch strip. This mimics their swimming motion well with the pause giving your fly a good fall and breathing motion. Thats where I start but will change it up if I know the fish are their and not eating my fly.