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Egg Sucking Leech

Name Egg Sucking Leech
Category Salmon/Steelhead
Hook 3X long streamer (e.g. Mustad #9672) sizes 2-10, Weighted With .035 lead wire
Tail Black or Purple Marabou
Body Black or Purple chenille
Hackle Black or Purple saddle hackle, palmered
Head Egg yarn wound and formed to the shape of an egg.

This fly is a combination of two patterns, the Single Egg Fly, and the Wooly Bugger. It's simply a Wooly Bugger with a yarn egg tied in at the head. Materials such as chenille or plastic beads have been used to form the egg at the head of the fly, replacing the yarn. Tie a purple wooly bugger, a black wooly bugger, or another color of your choice, and leave enough space at the head of the fly to add a chenille egg. Effective colors for the egg head are the same as those used for single egg patterns, i.e. pink, red, orange, chartreuse.

Tying Instructions

1. Weight the hook shank from directly above the point of the hook to a spot three eye-widths behind the eye of the hook. Secure, leaving the thread at the tail position.

2. Tie in a shank-length piece of marabou for the tail. At the same point, attach the chenille and the saddle hackle. Take the thread forward to the front of the lead, leaving room for the yarn egg head.

3. Wrap the chenille forward and tie off.

4. Palmer the saddle hackle along the length of the chenille body and tie off.

5. Attach two pieces of the yarn yarn to top of hook and wrap thread around to spiral yarn around hook. Continue to tie yarn pieces around hook until there is enough to shape into an egg. Shape yarn to form an egg. An alternate method is to wrap the egg-shaped head with chenille. Tie off and whip finish.

This fly is a good fall pattern, especially when the water cools and wild salmon are on their redds. Fish this fly using a wet-fly swing or use it with an indicator and dead-drift it near the river bottom. In all cases, get it down near the bottom.

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