Leech Help...

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

  1. Preston

    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.
     
  2. Old Man

    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.
     
  3. Camo Clad Warrior

    Camo Clad Warrior Tight Lines and Screaming Reels!

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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....
     
  4. Jamie Wilson

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

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

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    not to jack the thread, but are there instructions anywhere for this bad boy?
     
  7. Blue

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    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:

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    Does that make sense?
     
  8. Camo Clad Warrior

    Camo Clad Warrior Tight Lines and Screaming Reels!

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    Blue is spot on. And besides silverbullet I tied one for ya the other day. lol
     
  9. Jamie Wilson

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    Why just behind the eye? How does it help? Just curious!
    Thanks
     
  10. Blue

    Blue Active Member

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    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.
     
  11. Jamie Wilson

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    Would a stinger type tie be even more effective? I'm thinking with a really small stinger.
     
  12. Blue

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    Absolutely. I have a couple stingers. This pattern was quick and easy and worked, but a stinger is great.
     
  13. Jamie Wilson

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    Thanks - I'm going to give it a whirl.
    Happy New Year!
     
  14. Blue

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    PICTURES PLEASE!!!!
     
  15. Loren Jensen

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    thanks blue! and yes camoclad i watched you but i have forgotten. i am tying one up at the moment