Egg Sucking Leech |
By Jason Akl
As good as the Woolly Bugger has been to fly anglers over the last few decades, the Egg Sucking Leech might just be better. When Will Bauer of McBauer's Fly Shop in Anchorage first tested this bright headed bugger on the nearby streams and rivers the result was not what anyone had expected. It was and still is a devastating fish catcher that has the ability to stir even the most lethargic fish and is a proven fish catcher from as far north as Alaska to as far south as Mexico.
The original version was tied with black marabou and hackle. In more recent times the egg sucking leech has spawned an almost limitless amount of color combinations. The purple version has proven to be one of the more successful of these color combos. This pattern is "standard issue" for any angler fishing for trout and salmon in rivers or lakes.
In lakes, leech patterns coupled with long casts and an erratic sink strip retrieve will attract attention from cruising or resting fish. Trout in this slow moving environment are looking for flies that are life-like, but at the same time produce lots of action. The marabou tail along with saddle hackle provide just what these lethargic fish are looking for, a plump undulating slow moving leech.
If you are fishing streams or rivers the leech is your ticket to more and bigger fish. In the fast current a quick 3 to 4 strip retrieve with intermittent pauses is what will work to get the fishís attention. If fishing a sandy or muddy river, a good technique is to make 4-5 quick strips and then let the fly drop to the bottom in a cloud of debris. Continue this pattern of swimming then hiding and hang on tight. It will be only be a matter of time before you get a lunkerís attention.