Leech Help...

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Camo Clad Warrior, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. Camo Clad Warrior Member

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    So I have two questions. The first of which being about leeches. I am looking for some leech patterns that are a little out of the ordinary. My second question is about mohair. I bought a few packages in every color I could find but cant seem to get the stuff to look like. Is there a secret? Or something that I am not doing?

    Any and all help is very much appreciated.
    Thanks
    CCW
  2. troutramp Member

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    what pattern are you trying to tie? I have tied a ton of leaches but I use a synthetic seal .
  3. Camo Clad Warrior Member

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    Well not really any one pattern in generall. Just looking to add a few more patterns to the box.

    I have been trying to tie a simple mohair leech but it has been kicking my ass. Its like the material is not flufed out enough...
  4. troutramp Member

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    go to Azflyfishing.net Johns materials are easy to work with and he has a you tube link to his video with instructions.
  5. Woodman60 Member

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    This frustrated me for a while too. You need to pull back the fibers towrd the bend of the hook on each turn, just laying the core yarn on your hook. Otherwise the yarn just covers up the previous wrap. Keep working on it. It is a great leech when you get it dialed in.

    Have you tied a Monroe leech. I don't see many people talking about it these days. 100% marabou and deadly. Black, olive and burgundy!
  6. Blue Active Member

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    I have a pattern I came across by accident.
    Here is the real thing which were about 1 1/2" long:
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    Gartside Sodthackle on a #4 streamer hook. Purple & Black marabou with natural Mallard collar (it looks like blue in the photo):
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    The softhackle wet:
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    The take:
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    This pattern turned out to be my go to this summer on a full sink line
  7. scottflycst Active Member

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    Here's one for you. The sparkle leech by Chan/Rowley.
  8. Whit 19D

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  9. Camo Clad Warrior Member

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    thanks for all the help guys... I am gonna tie up a bunch of those leeches that blue suggested than keep working with the mohair. I really like the look of it is finished so hopefully i will get it figured out lol.
  10. Slipstream Member

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    After you finish tying your fly with the mohair, brush it out with a dubbing brush or a piece of velcro. This will make it real bushy. SS
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  12. Camo Clad Warrior Member

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    thanks again all...This is why i love this site. Everyone is ready and willing to help.
  13. pittendrigh Active Member

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  14. Blue Active Member

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    Those are bad a$$$ - nice tie.
  15. Brian Thomas Active Member

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    Holding (carefully) the finished fly in steam really helps to relax the fibers , as does tossing the fly into a pot of boiling water for a few seconds .

    Try it , you won`t be disappointed .
  16. Preston Active Member

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    Here are some pictures of the real thing. Leeches occur in a variety of colors, the reddish-brown shown, tan, olive and black. A full-grown, swimming leech with its body stretched out to near full-length can be as much as 3 1/2 inches or more long. They swim with an up-and-down, undulating motion (sinusoidal) which is very difficult to imitate involving a lot of movement but making little actual headway. My beadhead, rabbit-strip string leech has worked quite well for me.
  17. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I saw a leech on a Chum carcass in the Skagit river one time. It was gray in color with some black stripes at it's rear. But it was only about a inch long.
  18. Camo Clad Warrior Member

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    Steam and boiling water huh? Interesting technique. I have tommorow off so I will do some tying and post a picture when I get it figured out....
  19. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    Steam on the mohair really relaxes the fibers and allows for you to comb/brush it out
  20. Blue Active Member

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    Interesting. Mine were black and purple with a natural Mallard (whitish) collar and the fishies loved it!