Simi Seal Leech

12 May 2014
Comments: 8
12 May 2014, Comments: 8

Duranglers shop manager Kyle tied up a few Simi Seal Leech patterns the other day.  We just got some Simi Seal dubbing in the shop and this stuff looks and fishes incredible  This pattern works great on San Juan River tailwater as well as our local still waters.   It is a very simple and easy tie and is a great pattern that many in the midwest have already come to appreciate.

Tying the Simi Seal Leech
Hook: 2x-3x long, 1x heavy Nymph (i.e. TMC 5262, Dai-Riki 730) Size 6-14
Thread: 6/0 Red Uni
Tail/Body: Arizona Simi Seal Dubbing Black/Red

Step 1: The hook here is a Dai-Riki 730 #8 and it has been fitted with a medium black nickel cone head. Both of these are interchangeable with a different bead, hook style/size, what-have-you. Lead wraps can also be shoved up into the bead for added weight. Start your thread and wrap back to just before the hook bend.
Simi Seal Leech - Step 1
Step 2: Pull out a small clump of simi seal (here Black/Red). Roughly align the fibers and tie it in the middle of the material with two nice tight wraps.
Simi Seal Leech - Step 2
Simi Seal Leech - Step 3
Step 3: Pull back the material that is pointing toward the eye so that it is now one even tail. Wrap back over the material to bind it down.
Simi Seal Leech - Step 4
Step 4: Next, I am loosely dubbing the Simi Seal to the thread and dubbing a very shaggy body all the way to the cone. Feel free to use a dubbing loop as well. You can also rib this pattern for added weight and durability.
Simi Seal Leech - Step 5
Simi Seal Leech - Step 6
Final Step: At the bead, I have built up a small red “hot spot” of my working thread. Again, that is optional. Whip-finish and trim the thread. You can take a dubbing brush (tooth brush, gun cleaning brush, wire brush, BBQ brush, your daughter’s barbie brush) and brush out some fibers to give it an even more shaggy look.
Simi Seal Leech - Step 7
An easy, easy leech that will work anywhere.
-Kyle
Andy McKinley
Andy manages Duranglers Flies and Supplies online store and web content. When he is not plugging away in the basement of Duranglers, he can be found in the shop talking weird flies, throwing spey casts for few fish, eating pizza, drinking coffee, painting, and raising a family in Southwest Colorado.

His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.

8 responses on “Simi Seal Leech

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