The Balanced Leech is the fly that started the whole “balanced” craze. If you had no other fly than this to use on a lake, reservoir, or even slow-moving current, you would be in a good position to catch a lot of fish.
The Balanced Leech is a deadly pattern for suspending under an indicator, but it has also proven itself when slow-stripped in stillwater throughout the world. This fly is tied by placing a tungsten bead on a beading pin and then tying it to the top of a 90-degree jig hook in order to counterbalance the weight of the materials and give the fly the ability to ride horizontally in the water column.
If you plan on fishing any of the lakes in our area for trout, such as Vallecito, Lemon, or Electra, you should also plan on haveing a few of these in your box.