Beginner’s Fly Tying: Cone-head Bunny Leech

Cone-head Bunny Leech

The fly pattern selected for our May beginner’s class will be the Bunny Leech, one of my favorite “streamer” patterns for pursuing larger trout and smallmouth bass. Now that the water temperature of our local streams and rivers is getting warmer, these freshwater species are looking for natural foods which pack more energy than the tiny insects which are the more prevalent food forms in the cooler months. Just imagine how many more calories of energy are in an earthworm or leech than in a tiny mayfly. Realize, too, that leeches and aquatic annelid worms are prevalent in most ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers.

The particular leech pattern which I chose for this month’s session is the Cone-head Bunny Leech. The additional weight of the metallic cone at the head of the fly provides an undulating motion to the fly whether it is being slowly stripped crosscurrent or fished with a high stick.

So please join us at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 West Patrick Street, Frederick.

As always, we welcome those who have never tied an artificial fly to join our Beginner fly tying classes. Equipment and materials are provided to both newcomers* and PVFF club members.

* Our PVFF fly tying instruction has been broadened to provide monthly instruction for those who might never have tied a fly (i.e., true beginners), as well as for those who have some experience in fly tying and wish to expand their skills. If you are planning on attending and do not already have your own basic equipment for fly tying, please contact us prior to the session so that he can ensure a tying vise and tools will be available for your use.

By Don Fine