The Reports

Reports by Date
Reports by River
Reports by Species


Custom Rod Building
Guided Fishing Trips

Topics of Interest

Fly Patterns
Digital Photography

Other Good Stuff!

Contact MP
Email List Subscription

Egg Sucking Leach (Traditional Chenille)

Black & Chartruese Egg-Sucking Leach

The Egg Sucking Leach is a pattern you MUST carry at all times; it accounted for 50% of the fly-caught fish in my "trophy gallery" by the end of 2002. I typically fished this pattern on the swing or a dead drift, but the most productive method to induce strikes was to drift the fly down to the fish from above, and then slowly retrieve a few inches and then let it drift back. This semi-jigging action always got the male Cohos really mad and produced spectacular strikes.

The formula for an Egg Sucking Leach (ESL) is simple; it is basically a wolley bugger with the hackle and body stopping about 3/4 of the shank, the last 1/4 being the head in a different color chenille.

Hook - Streamer, typically sizes 4-8
Tail - Marabou
Body - Chenille & Hackle
Head - Chenille

I have seen MANY color variations; the most common either utilize a black or purple body, hackle & tail with flourescent heads in shades such as red, yellow, chartruese, orange, salmon & peach.

Some Further Examples of the Egg Sucking Leach:

Black & Red Egg-Sucking Leach

Black & Yellow Egg-Sucking Leach

MP's Inverse ESL (Chartruese & Black Egg Sucking Leach)

Copyright © 2002 - 2006