A steelhead "thought"

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by pwoens, Mar 8, 2004.

  1. pwoens

    pwoens Active Member

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    I noticed that using "string leeches" has increased my steelhead numbers. Here is my theory: since the string leech is longer than a "traditional" steelhead fly, it gives the fish more time to react. In cloudy conditions swinging a traditional fly the fish may not have enough to react and strike at the fly, or if it does strike it may be a short strike??? With a string leech, that has a stinger hook on the end of it, the fish has no choice on short striking the fly....and with the longer fly the fish has a little more time to react, not much but maybe enough to increase your odds of catching a steelhead?? In addition, the string leech has sooo much action in the water I believe it adds a little extra appeal to the fish??? Only downfall is the time it takes to tie these flies....but that time is outweighed by the time you spend landing a fish ;)

    Just a thought from an infants mind

    ~Patrick ><>
     
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    Tightline Brian Perry

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    Funny thought Patrick...
    Because I have had the same one. I still have not landed a winter yet, but last weekend my friend from out of state hooked up with a BRUTE, and we both slayed the Dollies when we switched to the string leach. I wish we started earlier with them!!! Those things rock. I have never seen a fly move like that in the water. He took a few home, and is going to try whacking big browns on the Chattahoochee with 'em.

    ~B
     
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    Andy Workin in a sweet mullet

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    Do you have a picture of a "string leech" or a good description of one? I can picture it in my head, but there are a lot of things that go through my head that have no place in reality:smokin
     
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    pwoens Active Member

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    A steelhead

    No hard feelings towards that fly, but she's a little scraggly. I tie a titanium conehead on "backwards" to create a little more turbulance in the water, followed by one or two orange beads for added weight. I use orange and white hackle to add a little brightness to my black bunny strip. My camera sucks, otherwise I would post a pic of the beast. I also add two or three pices of holographic flashabou to bring out some flash??

    ~Patrick ><>
     
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    Tightline Brian Perry

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    I agree about that pic... thats a meager string leach :rofl Rattle eyes work well on them too!
    ~B
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  7. Jay Allyn

    Jay Allyn The Poor-Student Fly Fisher

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    A steelhead

    What about a leech that has a bunny strip tail and a crosscut bunny strip wrapped around the shank. That gives you a nice large profile. In other words it is articulated but the stinger hook is tied like the pic shown.
     
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    Never tried any leech patterns - think there is
    something to a natural swimming and pulsating
    action in the water - now just match the actual
    colors and size of a food source and bingo! Of course
    natural nymphs that match food sources found
    within the river system your fishing are also very
    effective. A lively action will attract attention
    from fish quicker however, it can quickly spook
    them also. Remember being on a certain stretch of
    river with Toby and another fly fishermen that
    was fishing an Egg sucking leech. By the end of the
    day, Toby had landed several (using a Sharp Steelie
    fly) The guy with the Egg sucking leech landed one,
    and I had a 10 plus day on summer runs. All 3 of us
    where fishing the same areas and taking turns. There
    is no doubt leeches will produce fish - however
    from my experience, and what I and others have
    seen I believe that fish may be attracted to them,
    but they will also spook quicker. Bet using a leech
    pattern as an attractor with a natural nymph as
    a dropper could be very effective! Just throwing
    some more ideas out there.

    happy fishing
    :thumb
     
  9. Flip

    Flip The dumb kid

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    articulated string leeches are one of the marvels of the land. provides a larger upper part of the fly that swims very VERY well, then the string with the stinger. most of my luck with this style of flies is as follows:
    purple/pink multi-tone crosscutt of upper hook
    tungsten eyes
    black string leech
    green saltwater K-F ( the lighter green)
    had alot of fun with it:professor
     
  10. dheike

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    Hey Clay,
    What is the "Sharp Steelie" fly?
    any pics
    darrin
     
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    Darrin, its a very simple pattern - there is some
    pics in the gallery under my user name and also in
    the fly gallery itself with info.

    :thumb
     
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    Hey Paddy--
    Thanks for all the chuckles you give me? I laugh at all your posts because you put question marks where no question is evident?? I fall for it every time?
    What's goin' on over in the frozen bush.

    Bob? Maybe? Maybe not??:rolleyes
     
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    Mr Bob...subtleness...the key to every presentation???

    The frozen bush is doing well. We hit 67 degrees yesterday AND I had a bug commit suicide on my windshield. Things are looking like spring, until tomorrow of course????

    ~Patrick ><>