Leeches are a vital source of trout food, as they are present throughout the entire season. They are especially active during the late fall & early spring when forage for other insects are scarce, as the main hatches have already run their source, or they are yet to start. The fact that leeches are always present makes them excellent for a searching pattern.
HOOK: Size 2 Up-Eye Salmon/Steelhead hook
THREAD: 140D in colour black
TAIL: Rabbit Zonker strip
ABDOMEN: Cross-cut rabbit zonker strip
FLASH: Red flash (I typically like to match to the colour of eyes used)
HEAD & EYES: Bait Fish Head by Fish Skull