From Alaska to Arkansas, the Egg Sucking Leech without doubt is one of the top producing streamer flies to ever come out of a vise. As good as the traditional Wooly Bugger has been to fly anglers the Egg Sucking Leech is even better. The main reason for this patterns great success is its ability to be adapted to catch virtually any freshwater fish that exists. From trout to salmon and pike, the Egg Sucking Rabbit Strip Leech can just about do it all.
Just like other version of the bugger family, this fly was originally tied with black rabbit fur strips. More recently the Egg Sucking Leech has spawned an almost limitless amount of color combinations. Purple or natural rabbit fur variations have proven to be some of the more successful color combinations. This pattern is must have for any fly angler looking to fish spring runs of trout and salmon.
How to Fish It
Fishing the Egg Sucking Leech is relatively simple. If you are going to be fishing winter months or early season spring conditions with very cold water, cast this pattern to your target and let it dead drift drag-free down the river. Fish holding in cold temperatures become very lackadaisical and will not aggressively chase down your fly.
Using a slow delicate presentation with the Egg will help keep your fly in the strike zone longer providing you with a better chance of hooking into quality fish. In the spring and summer as the water temperatures gradually increase, fish will become more active and predacious. Cast your fly upstream of your desired target, let it sink for a few seconds and then give it three to four quick strips to get your retrieve started. Continue the fly working back to you by imparting short strips of line with intermittent pauses. This technique will get aggressive fish to chase and insatiably strike your fly.
Making Your Own
Step-by-step Tying Instructions for the Egg Sucking Leech