Silver season is upon us, and while silver salmon might not be known as overly finicky in our parts, many salmon anglers would agree that when it comes to fly selection, one pattern in particular reigns supreme – The Starlight Leech.
What makes it so effective? Well, we wrote an entire blog post on that very topic, here. In a nutshell, we think it has something to do with just the right amount of weight, action, flash, and of course, is available in both pink and purple – The super-secret formula for productive salmon fly patterns in Alaska.
In fact, we’d be willing to bet that in the past ten years more Alaskan coho have been caught on the Starlight Leech than any other pattern. That’s reason enough to add a few to your box, so today we’re going to show you how to tie it.
The Starlight Leech – Tying Instructions
- Hook: Daiichi 2141, size 1-4.
- Thread: UTC Ultra Thread, 140 denier, florescent pink.
- Eyes: Real-Eyes Plus, large.
- Tail: Fuschia rabbit strip.
- Body: Opal pink Estaz.
- Collar: Hot pink schlappen.
- Head: Red Ultra Chenille.