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Monday, May 12, 2014

Simi Seal Leech

the ultimate in simplicity and effectiveness

Simi Seal Leeches of many colors

Complexity of Canadian Black
About ten years ago, I was in Phoenix on a business trip, and I decided to find a local fly shop in the area where I was working.  Like I often do, I asked one of the shop employees if they had any local patterns that they could show me.  He pointed to a wall of dubbing behind him and said "You ever heard of Arizona Simi Seal dubbing?"  I hadn't heard of it before, but I told him that I had some real seal the I used quite a bit.  He explained that Simi Seal was a completely different animal even though it bore the name "seal."

He sat me down at a vise and quickly showed me how to tie one, and man was it simple...  The whole fly was made of the same material, but it looked really good!  He gladly assisted me in helping me spend about $50, and off I went.  I would later return to the shop a few months later to tell them how great this bug fished...  I eventually met John Rohmer a.k.a. the Godfather of Dubbing.  He is the mastermind behind the great dubbings that I discovered that day, and is a wealth of information when it comes to dubbing, and fly materials in general.  He is one of the guys that I really look up to when it comes
Original Simi Seal Leech
to pure innovation in tying, and his influence is probably already on your tying bench without you even knowing it.  He has his hands in the dubbing of a lot of major manufacturers.

Since I started fishing Simi Seal Leeches, I have all but stopped fishing plain jane wooly buggers on lakes.  I have caught fish on every color that John makes, and he has told me many times "We don't make colors that don't work."  I think that about sums it up.



My favorite Simi Seal Leech colors are:

Canadian Brown
Canadian Black
Bronze Peacock
Golden Peacock
Blood Leech
Peacock
Black
DW Brown

Note: You can tie a longer leech with the fibers of Mega Simi Seal, which is the same material, just longer fibers.

~Cheech

Recipe:

Hook: Allen S402 #6-#12 BUY HERE
Thread: Montana Fly 3/0 BUY HERE
Everything Else: Simi Seal Dubbing BUY HERE

I know...  Don't you wish all fly recipes looked like that?

The video shows two effective techniques so be sure to watch them both.




5 comments:

  1. Guys- you need to stop it. I'm going broke in materials. The red ones look especially sick. Ps- I came up with a bunny bugger- bunny tail, simi seal bugger body, ribbed with lucent chenille with a cone, or eyes. What size is that bead for hook? it sets it apart. (I'm ordering sooner than I thought)

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    1. It's a 4.8mm, but smaller beads do the trick too. Simi is a KILLER material

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  2. i am well stocked on those bad boys, only weightless

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  3. Simple and effective.

    Good job with all your flies.

    I need to check this dubbing.

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