FTL-Composite Stinger Leech

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By Michael McGovney

This leech can be made in several sizes and endless color combinations. It’s easy to cast with any line and rod and is a great steelhead fly, but is also very effective for swinging up big bows on the Naknek and Kenai rivers. The composite loop, which is basically a sandwich of multiple materials spun in a dubbing loop to create a unique "hackle", adds profile and allows the ostrich to come to life.

  • Hareline 5/16 tungsten hot pink bead
  • 32mm Micro OPST hook shank
  • OPST swing hook Sz 3
  • Hareline Black straight cut rabbit strip
  • Hareline Chartreuse Ice dub
  • Arizona diamond dub Black/Blue Dubbing
  • Hareline senyo predator wrap freckled gold
  • OPST black ostrich
  • 20lb fireline

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Step 1. Slide the tungsten bead onto the OPST Micro Shank, wrapping 140 ultra thread on the shank add two strands of 20lb black fireline looped through an OPST Swing Hook, size 3. Fully wrap the fireline the length of the body of the fly, about ¾ of an inch, with a good heavy wrap, fully covering the fireline then fold over the extra fireline and fully wrap over again.

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Step 2. Create a dubbing loop of about 4 or 5 inches. Hook in your OPST dubbing spinner, wax your loop and let your spinner sit against your table. Grab a pinch of chartreuse dubbing, pulling and re-stacking until you get the length the you want, which is about 1 inch long ¾ inch wide. Set the dubbing on the table and do the same for the black/blue dubbing, but make this section about 2inches long, then set it on the table right below the chartreuse. Next, use Senyo’s Predator wrap in freckled gold using about 20 strands cut about 1inch long, and set it on top of the black and blue dubbing, with the butts about 20/80 over the midline of the dubbing, and the long ends off to the right side.

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Grab a pinch more of black/blue dubbing to set on top of the predator wrap to hold it in place. Open your dubbing loop and add your 3 inch composite dubbing assembly. Pinch the loop closed and spin your OPST Dubbing Spinner. Spin until it starts to tighten up and hold itself together, then pick it out and then brush it out. Wet and part it by pulling down to one side to allow for clean wrapping.

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Step 3. Wrap the composite loop using close wraps, pushing each wrap back to set into place. It should take about 4 wraps. Tie off the loop and add one strip of straight cut black rabbit right in front of your finished loop.

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Now make another 5 inch dubbing loop and wax it. Grab your black/blue dubbing, pull apart and stack it about 3 inches long by ¾ inch wide. Next, grab a black OPST ostrich drab, using about 30 strands. Cut the fibers off the stem at about 1 ½ inches long and spread out evenly on the top ½ of your dubbing for your composite loop. Next, grab another pinch of dubbing and spread it out over the top of the ostrich to again hold it together like a sandwich.

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Step 4. Pick up your composite dubbing in one piece and stick it in your loop. Hook your OPST dubbing spinner and pinch the thread together right next to you composite loop. Spin until it just starts to tighten up, pick it then brush it out. Then spin again. Wet and part the materials to one side to make a hackle, then wrap the composite loop with 3 or 4 full wraps. Force the fibers back with your fingers with each wrap, then whip finish and cut your thread off. Brush everything forward real well and then brush back. The fly should have a nice full profile.

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