It was about this time last winter when I started working on the Chubby Chaser Leech. Pat Cohen had sent me some of his Carp Dub and it gave me an idea and about 30 prototypes and several landed carp later I had finalized it and named it.
Well, I was going through my log last week and figured out that it only took one year for the Chubby Chaser to become my second most productive carp fly ever! I caught more carp on it this year than I ever have on a single fly pattern in a single year before - by a wide margin. I therefore declare the Chubby Chaser Leech my MVF (Most Valuable Fly) of 2014. It is probably the name. Must be the name.
I would have never guessed that this fly would work as well as it has. It worked in ponds, the Denver South Platte, big lakes and little lakes. It worked in the Spring, Summer and Fall and has been ridiculously effective in the Winter. I caught tailers, shoppers, cruisers and even sunners (on a lightly weighted version). I caught carp varying from aggressive to ultra passive. I caught big carp, little carp, medium carp and mutant carp on it. It fooled carp in clear water and absolutely destroyed them in dirty water. Essentially, what I am saying is that it seems to be a shockingly flexible carp fly that works across a wide range of scenarios.
The crazy thing is that this is a pretty big fly. Actually this is a ridiculously big fly to be as universally effective as it was. Somehow it defies expectations.
I love you Chubby Chaser Leach. Is that so wrong?