Short Work: A short 3-inch dropper helps you detect subtle hits on the egg faster.
Single serving: A single egg fly ahead of the leech gives trout a smaller—yet highly visible—meal choice. Make sure it's a different color than the leech's egg to provide the fish with more options.
Suck it Up: A weighted egg-sucking leech gets this rig down fast, provides some wiggle and flutter, and creates an easy target for sluggish trout.
Measured Out: A 12-inch dropper between flies is ideal, as this length keeps the natural-looking black stone close to the bottom, while the Weenie wiggles away up higher, coaxing a reaction strike.
Light Weight: Add just enough split shot between the flies to get the stonefly ticking bottom. If you're hanging up too often, try one shot lighter or ditch the weight entirely.
Mini Mite: Though you may be tempted to fish a large fly, winter stones are tiny. Opt for a size 18 or 20 to match the hatch.