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Maribou Egg Sucking Leech
HOOK:
THREAD:
Tail & Body:
Hackle:
Head:
Mustad 79858 #6
Black 6/0
Black Maribou
Black Schlappen
Orange McFly Foam

The Egg Sucking Leech (ESL) is one of the standard issue patterns for Trout, Salmon, and Steelhead in all the Great Lakes Tribs. Typically the pattern is tied with chenille instead of maribou for the body. Using the maribou instead of the chenille saves a step as well as gives it a little better action. Try it, you just might find you use this substitution on many more flies.

Step By Step:
What you need.
Start with a Maribou Wolley Bugger, just make sure to leave a little extra room at the head.
Tie in McFly Foam the same as if you were making a regular egg. A couple wraps in the center.
Pull foam back, a couple more thread wraps to secure, half hitch or whip finish; cement if desired.
Pull foam up; cut about 1/8" from hook
You should get something that looks like this. Trim ends of foam if needed to make a nice round egg.

Tied By: Eric Zadorecky.


Sneaky Pete




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