Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Egg Sucking Leech Tute

                                                             Egg Sucking Leeches

 I wanted a thinner profile of the leech pattern than a typical Woolly Bugger. I only used one hank of marabou, with long strands, for the tail as well as palmering the rib with ostrich herl.
 I use chenille for the egg and tied it down between the body and egg. I thought that this was best so there is no thread visible just behind the hook eye.

Hook; #8 4x long streamer
Thread; black 3/0
Weight; .020 lead wire
Tail; black marabou, 1 hank with strands
Rib; 2 strands of black ostrich herl, palmered
Body; black chenille
Egg; pink, orange or fuschia chenille

1. Thread base shank of hook with thread stopped at hook point

 2. From this starting point counter wrap lead wire forward.
Wind a few thread wraps over lead and bring thread back to bend

3. Tie in 1 hank of marabou trimming off just behind lead coils and secure.

4. Tie in two ostrich herls by the tips.

5. Tie in body chenille at bend and extending behind eye of hook over lead wire as shown.

6. Wrap body chenille in tight wraps to just in front of lead wire. Leave plenty of room behind eye.

7. Palmer ostrich herl over body and secure in front of lead wire.

 8. Tie in egg chenille extending over body of leech. Notice I finish by bringing the thread behind and between the egg chenille and body.

9. Wrap the egg chenille forward behind eye than back to body creating a ball.

10. With the chenille behind the thread, and angling back, bring thread up and through the gap. On the other side catch the chenille with thread between the egg and body. Secure with three to four wraps of thread.

12. Trim off loose chenille, whip finish behind egg and I add head cement to thread.

I tie some of these in white, ribbed with gray ostrich herl also.



  1. Nice looking fly. I've never tied or fished an egg sucking leech pattern before. I know they're super productive on rivers that have salmon runs but I bet they'd stick a few fish on our waters down here as well.

    1. Thanks, a lot of guys use them in late season steelhead fishing out this way.