Starlight Leech |
By Jason Akl
There are numerous "wormy" looking creatures that live in our favorite aquatic environments. Many lakes and streams have heavy populations of leeches and aquatic worms. For most of their existence leeches stay hidden away buried in the substrate or bottom vegetation. However during the low light hours or when water conditions are murky leeches often forage about where they are exposed to patrolling game fish. Trout and salmon aggressively seek out these tender morsels and gobble them up quickly when the opportunity presents itself.
Howell’s Starlite Leech is not just another of those run-of-the-mill leech imitations. This sultry pattern is the real deal for targeting big aggressive trout and salmon. The Starlite Leech takes all the key features from traditional bugger patterns and puts a new twist on things to keep the fish happy.
Black, Purple and Olive Starlite Leechs are the staple flies for early season trout and steelhead fishing. As the water warms during the long summer months Brown and Tan colored patterns work equally well. When the leaves fall purple, pink and black will rouse salmon and steelies from there hiding spots.
Trout, Salmon and Steelhead are predatory fish that are triggered to strike by certain types of prey movements. These predators like prey that act alive, injured or disoriented. Imparting these types of characteristics to your fly by stripping in the line irregularly will most certainly attract attention and takes from fish, but hooking into them is up to you.