Leech Help...

Preston

Active Member
#16
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.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#17
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.
 

Blue

Active Member
#20
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.
Interesting. Mine were black and purple with a natural Mallard (whitish) collar and the fishies loved it!
 
#21
I have a pattern I came across by accident.
Here is the real thing which were about 1 1/2" long:

Gartside Sodthackle on a #4 streamer hook. Purple & Black marabou with natural Mallard collar (it looks like blue in the photo):

The softhackle wet:

The take:


This pattern turned out to be my go to this summer on a full sink line
not to jack the thread, but are there instructions anywhere for this bad boy?
 

Blue

Active Member
#22
Silver bullet32, there is probably many ways to tie this, the trick is to tie just behind the eye leaving the hook bare like an umbrella. The late Jack Gartside tied with by putting a V in the tip of the feather and wrapping it from there. I have a friend that ties in clumps of marabou. I tie them just like any other of my soft hackles. I take the top section of a marabou feather and tie in by the tip, then wrap around hook 3 to 5 times. When using two colors, I tie both in by tip and wrap both at same time, then I tie in the mallard by the tip and wrap it.

I only use this much of the marabou:



Does that make sense?
 

Blue

Active Member
#25
I guess like with any Soft Hackle it gives way to a great undulation effect. Plus a very thin profile with larger at the the eye like the real thing.
Jack used shorter hooks, but I use streamer because I was getting hits on the fly to find they were just grabbing the marabou. With the streamer hook they grab metal.
That too is another reason I guess for the tying position. You can tie this on a scud hook but it will appear longer.