Want some meat to toss around during run-off? Here's a juicy pattern for you, along with a modification to keep things interesting. The Strip Leech pattern shown here goes back a ways. The name has been applied to more than few "leechy" patterns over the years (I've been on a 70's kick these last few posts -- I'll have to modernize for the next FlyTalk piece). This one traces it roots to the Matuka and the "Strip Fly" of Wisconsin-based tier, Royce Dam. It's a pattern that I tied a lot when I was growing up and it's also the fly that caught me my first two-foot brown trout (as a 10-year old kid, that was pretty exciting). It's also a pattern that, in various guises, has taken just about every fish species at which it has been cast. The combo of the meaty fur/hair strip, the "if it ain't chartreuse, it ain't no use" marabou, mohair, shiny wire and pheasant rump feather makes for an easy-to-tie and very effective fly. This general pattern was also originally assembled in brown and olive, as well as silver and gold variations, which have seen serious duty in Alaska and similar places over the years.