Another leech pattern for lakes

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by troutpocket, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

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    HEY I hope its not considered high jacking for what I posted? Its been a lot of fun with these post and very informative for patterns and techniques! I love seeing your patterns , I don't tie by formulas most of the time and try and make my own patterns from looking at others or thinking of patterns myself----the joy of tying your own! You've showed me some great ideas. thank-you!
     
  2. Nick Clayton

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    Not highjacking at all mark. I have really enjoyed reading your posts and seeing your ties. I have learned an awful lot from all of you. This forum is truly a treasure trove of knowledge and I really appreciate how willing everyone is to share. That is one thing I really love about stillwaters, there sure seems to be a lack of competition and for the most part people I encounter on the water are always quick to give suggestions or give up a hot fly.

    All the great flies you all have been sharing have got me totally inspired to tie. So much in fact that I spent the past couple weeks getting my tying stuff semi stocked and have whipped up a couple dozen bunny leeches that have been so productive lately. Gonna start in on some microleeches next, followed by some 'mids
     
  3. Irafly

    Irafly Bobber Downey Sr.

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    Now might be the time to post the picture of the outhouse wall at Pass. Not everyone is so willing to share.

     
  4. Irafly

    Irafly Bobber Downey Sr.

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    Ira, those look good for Steelhead. Kinda the look my fly's have been going to
     
  6. Nick Clayton

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    Well maybe if you would stop netting the damn lake.....




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  7. Drifter

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    I love the tan-white-grey one. thanks for posting the pics, I was looking on the swap thread and saw some of your work, Its very good! now where's some of blues softy's and leeches? Love her work also.
     
  8. Blue

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    I learned something many years ago referring tomthe less is more, that I would like to bounceof you all. Mohair, many times this comes on a string. Take it off that string. Pull, pluck, whatever. The string is way too thick. Then put it on a dubbing loop using thread for the loop.
    I don't have pictures to show the difference, but there is one.
    My Leech pattern is much easier, and moves/ungulates right up to the eye.
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    I love this new pattern, but I am seeing more a bait fish pattern. Whites, browns, even yellows. I amreally liking this pattern.
    Thank you so much for sharing.
     
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    guitarfisher Jeff W.

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    iagree That's what I do. It definitely slims down the bulk. The "plucked" mohair is also a great component for custom dubbing blends.
     
  10. Jeff Dodd

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    I like this idea. I tie a bunny strip leach and in an effort to slim the pattern I use thin strips and scales the hide as thin as I can before tying in.
     
  11. Irafly

    Irafly Bobber Downey Sr.

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    You are correct, my patterns do edge more on the side of bait fish not leeches and in away that's what I was going for.

    As for steel, I suppose, but these will stay in my lake boxes and out of my steel boxes.
     
  12. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Irafly, I'd be tempted to use that white and red one for searun cutts in my local estuary and tidal creeks. They wouldn't care whether it represented a leech or a baitfish. They'd just eat it.
     
  13. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Blue, I love that leech of yours. Looks a lot like that real one in the other pic.
    Looks like you might have palmered the marabou over some body material, but I can't really see for sure.
    My ears perked up when you mentioned that it was an easy tie.
     
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    Thanks Jim, but just two Marabou tips wrapped softhackle style on the front of the hook by the eye. The hook is bare. I have added dubbing/chenille to the hook (Polar Chenille is awesome) to create a thicker body more baitfish look

    (without chenille and bottom with Polar Chenille)
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    Here is another simple leech which uses otherwise discarded materials- pheasant philo flumes left over from tying six packs.

    Hook: 3x long nymph
    Bead: red glass
    tail: marabou
    body: olive pheasant Philo plumes reinforced with wire.

    This fly is somewhat delicate even with the wire, but it looks great in the water and fish like it.
     
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    Very nice. I tie something similar but load the philoplumes into a dubbing loop creating a "chenille" of sorts that also reinforces the fly.

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    I really need to learn to use a dubbbing loop
     
  18. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide

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    Ha ha. Me too. I've dubbed some bodies on dries, like comparaduns, but I need to get over my laziness-based reluctance to use this technique and get better at it.

    Troutpocket, that dubbed leech looks deadly!
    I need to get some red beads, too like on thesankers' leech. In fact, I need to get a whole collection of glass beads!

    Now I have a huge backlog of patterns that I want to tie. The head spins!
     
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    This vid is how I do the dubbing loop
    http://youtu.be/Zh6TwdQlNhw

    The way he ties the starting loop (wrapping around it before he starts) off is very important.
     
  20. Drifter

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    Same way I do it. I always used my hackle pliers for the dubbing loop and hated the time it takes to do it. then I bought the dubbing tool or "hook" and found it much easier, the thing I would add is that I bought the longer version and should of bought a shorter version which would make the tool much easier to work with. Mine is as long as my gluing needle. I really don't like using to many tools just takes more time to switch back and forth, but there's no argument that a dubbing loop does the best job when dubbing! His tool was cool but the plain dubbing hook is all I use.