By Tim Romano
Another easy-to-tie, super versatile pattern from Jason and Gary Borger. Enjoy. -TR
Excerpts from "Fishing the Film" by Gary A. Borger (with additional photos by Gary A. Borger):
The Collared Leech has caught every type of fish that I’ve tossed it at, in sizes from 8 to 2/0, and beyond. Add different color schemes and the fly can be varied in at least a hundred directions. The acoustic aspect of the collar came into play one time when Jason and I were fishing for smaller tarpon. I saw two fish roll about 90 feet away and unloaded a cast that dropped the fly about 15 feet in front of their position. As soon as the Collared Leech landed, I gave it one long strip. Immediately one of the tarpon rushed forward, slashed the fly just under the film, and jumped. I’d say that it was the sound of the fly as much as anything that pulled the fish in so fast.
Another benefit: It’s really easy to tie!