Pumpkin Head Leech Fly Overview
The Pumpkin Head Leech, created by John Kent, is a notable pattern in fly fishing, especially effective in Tunkwa Lake, British Columbia. It was originally designed as a damsel imitation but has proven to be a successful all-around attractor for various lakes and conditions, particularly in low-visibility waters. Its versatility and effectiveness make it a popular choice among anglers for both stillwater and moving water fishing.
The Pumpkin Head Leech features a size 10-12 Tiemco 2312 or 200R hook and is tied with 8/0 olive thread. The tail is made from medium olive marabou, while the body consists of Hareline’s Krystal Dub Olive. A distinctive feature of this fly is its burnt orange grizzly hackle and the #8 orange silver-lined ceramic bead that gives it its namesake pumpkin head. The optional rib of 0.010" red or orange wire adds to the fly's durability and appeal.
Pumpkin Head Leech Fly Best Uses
This fly is versatile in its application. It can be fished similarly to a traditional woolly bugger or a damsel nymph pattern. Ideal methods include casting and retrieving on the end of an intermediate sink tip over drop-offs or on shoals, and it can be equally effective when fished under an indicator, especially in water with a light riffle. A slow or quick hand twist retrieve is recommended when fishing under an indicator. The Pumpkin Head Leech is known for its success in catching rainbow trout, brook trout, bull trout, and bass.
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