Greenens'Articulating Egg Leech
Report: Since there has been a lot of discussion
on flies to use while fishing for Michigan King
Salmon, I thought I would share this pattern with
the rest of you. I spent the last two seasons
developing this, the Kings in my experience take
to the fly, at least 5:1 over the typical egg
sucking leech patterns. The following is my
personal favorite, when tying this pattern.
Directions for Tying Egg:
Trim tag end of knot and cut McFoam fly to desired size. Leave one tag end of mono approximately 2" in length.
1. Tie in thread, just above bend. Add weight to hook and secure.
2. Tie in marabou at bend. Tie in one strand Mylar both sides. Tie in 2 strands pearl flash, both sides. Tie in 3 strands Salt Water Blue flash.
3. Tie in copper wire at bend.
4. Tie in chenille at bend.
5. Strip small section of hackle and tie in leaving a slight space at the hooks eye.
6. Tie in egg starting just short of hooks eye, keeping the mono on top of shank, tie all the way back to hooks bend using securing thread wraps. Advance thread back to eye of hook.
7. Wrap Chenille tightly creating the body. Tie off with securing thread turns, just short of hooks eye leaving plenty of room for a thread head.
8. Wrap hackle making 4 to 5 turns at the front section of the leech. Following wraps should be sparse working its way to hooks bend. Tie off hackle with 3 securing turns of copper wire at hooks bend, making successive wraps to the hooks eye, securing hackle to the body. Tie off copper wire with securing thread turns. Use a little larger than normal thread head, using thread to build up a slight upward arch on the eggs mono. Achieving a slight upward arch of the egg is a necessary step in order to make the egg articulate.
9. Double whip finish and add cement.
Notes from Ron:
~ Ron Greenen
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