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Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide

Leon's Articulated Egg-Sucking Leech


Name Leon's Articulated Egg-Sucking Leech
Category Salmon and Rainbow Trout
Hook 2 Salmon Low Water Size 1/0 (Hook Bend Snapped off 1 and Eye of the Other).  Connect hooks with braided monofilament, super glue and wrap with black thread. Then re-apply super glue on thread. Very Strong! Put lead on only the front section hook. Make the length a total of 4 inches. As in Stage 1.
Body Apply a mix of black & purple marabou for tail. Attach a portion of black cactus chenille, followed by purple marabou, then cactus chenille followed black marabou, then more chenille and lastly purple marabou.  Now attach strong nylon on eye of hook and while the hook is in your vice, stretch and tie nylon somewhere on your bench. Now continue by attaching black chenille at rear hook. Wind the articulated mid section onto the front hook, but keep the tying thread at the rear end. Once the chenille is at the front hook use thread as ribbing along the chenille to the front hook end. Now itís just a matter of following the other stages.
Note When building the head with thread, apply super glue to harden the thread then use smooth, flat nosed pliers to squeeze either side of the head. This will flatten the surface to mount the Fish Hawk Eyes. After applying the eyes, cover the head with a thin coat of epoxy resin.

This lure may be a bit of a pain in the butt to make, but it is well worth the effort. When you feel you donít know whatís on the Salmon or Troutís menu lob this in!  It usually produces violent takes. It may seem a very large fly/lure to cast but I donít have much of a problem using # 8 Weight Forward line with 8 lb nylon tippet 10 or 12 feet in length. It still can difficult in the wind. Also, by using the same build but using Colours to match the Sand Lance or Sand EEL (also known as the CandlefishĒ) this fly could be very effective for Coho and Chinook salmon. At sea, 60% of their diet is SAND EELS. This particular Pattern creates plenty of movement in the water. Vary your retrieve!           



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Articulated leeches and other patterns have proven to be very successful for salmon and steelhead. This one was was originated and tied by Leon Guthrie of Galashiels, Scotland. Leonís original flies are unique, not only for their realism, but for their originality, and Leon has had great success with them See more Leon Guthrie originals at The Flies of Leon Guthrie.