Tips for tying the Egg Sucking Leech Streamer Pattern including a materials list, instructional video, and much more. Improve your fly tying skills here.

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The Egg Sucking Leech drives trout wild in the fall (and spring). Eggs offer trout a protein-rich meal. In the spring and fall trout often feed on eggs and larger meals like leeches. This pattern works particularly well in Alaska where Salmon eggs enter the river in the fall or in rivers where Suckers or Whitefish spawn during the spring. This pattern can be stripped or swung for trout or steelhead.


We've put together a kit that contains all the materials you need to tie this exact fly pattern.

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- Gamakatsu B10S - 6
- Uni Waxed Thread - 6/0, Brown
- Hareline Spooled Lead Wire - .025
- Spirit River Hot Tungsten Beads - Fl. Orange
- Hareline Woolly Bugger Marabou - Black, Brown
- UTC Brassie Ultra Wire - Gold
- Hareline Ice Dub - Black, Brown
- Hareline Bugger Hackle Patches - Grizzly

Step One:

Place the Fl. Orange Hot Tungsten Bead on the hook and seat the lead wire behind the bead. Seating the lead wire helps add weight to the fly and keep the bead in place.

Step Two:

Start your thread and tie in the Marabou tail. Combine brown and black Marabou and measure the Marabou so it's about the length of the hook. Tie in the Marabou right at the bend of the hook, behind the lead wire. Twist the ends of the excess Marabou and cut them off at the hook shank.

Step Three:

Tie in the UTC Brassie Ultra Wire right behind the lead wire. This Ultra Wire will be used to catch the hackle and to increase the durability of the fly.

Step Four:

Dub the body of the fly. By creating light and loose dubbing noodles, shape the body of the fly. The body should be messy and buggy to give the fly a more pronounced profile in the water.

Step Five:

Choose a darker Grizzly Hackle, tie it in behind the bead, and wrap it backward. Wrap with nice open turns and catch the Hackle with the wire right in front of the tail. Clip off the excess Hackle right behind the bead.

Step Six:

Wrap the wire forward. When wrapping the wire, try not to catch too many Hackle fibers. Tie the wire off behind the bead and helicopter the excess wire off.

Step Seven:

Throw a whip finish and pick out the underbody of the fly. Picking out the dubbing gives the fly a more buggy profile in the water.

And that's how to tie the trout variation of an Egg Sucking Leech. This pattern works well when stripped, swung, or dead-drifted in a multitude of angling scenarios. If you're chasing down trout this fall, make sure you've got one of these in your box.


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