Fly-Tying Corner

Purple is a powerful attractant color that can be substituted for blacks, browns, olives and reds in some conditions. It should never be overlooked. Born in Utah, Haslam’s Pseudo Leech is the brainchild of Jason Haslam, a fly-fishing guide and innovator for Rainy’s Flies.

Besides the color, the other construction facet of this fly that is immediately evident is the thin body, another element that sets it apart. Try it for trout, especially when prospecting hard-fished trophy trout still waters.

Construct this fly on a No. 8 straight-eye, extra-long, light-wire hook. For the tail, use purple-seal substitute. Wrap the underbody with purple Flashabou. Finish the body with purple Hareline Krystal hackle. Trim the hackle to taste.

— Gary Lewis, For The Bulletin

Purple is a powerful attractant color that can be substituted for blacks, browns, olives and reds in some conditions. It should never be overlooked. Born in Utah, Haslam’s Pseudo Leech is the brainchild of Jason Haslam, a fly-fishing guide and innovator for Rainy’s Flies.

Besides the color, the other construction facet of this fly that is immediately evident is the thin body, another element that sets it apart. Try it for trout, especially when prospecting hard-fished trophy trout still waters.

Construct this fly on a No. 8 straight-eye, extra-long, light-wire hook. For the tail, use purple-seal substitute. Wrap the underbody with purple Flashabou. Finish the body with purple Hareline Krystal hackle. Trim the hackle to taste.

— Gary Lewis, For The Bulletin

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