Leach Patterns = large smallmouth bass (LP=lsb)
Relativity speaking, of course.
I used a red/black marabou leech and took 8 smallies today...
One was over 14 inches.
It sure made my one-weight flyrod & reel sing. :)
I used a #8 streamers hook for the pattern, a red poly dubbed body with a black marabou tail & collar.
The water conditions of the Mahoning River (in Ohio) was stained due to rain, however this pattern proved to be the right choice...
The #8 hook was well past the upper limit of the little one-weight flyrod, but it was all I had that worked...
I've tried bunny/ leech patterns and never really had success with the ponds I fish here in Mass.
Nothing like stressing out a rod! I have a 4 weight I like for warmwater that I can "lob" a 2/0 popper or Dahlberg with but I can't imagine taking a fish as powerful as a 14" smallyon a #1. Congrats!
It's an Orvis rod...
Randy, that sounds like a great time. My experience with leach patterns in New England matches that of Roop. This may be due to my never seeing a leach while out on the stream. What water conditions do you find the leach patterns work in?
Try black/red, all black, or black/brown patterns. I tie a white/yellow leach but that works best in clear waters.
Best of luck...
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