How to Tie: The Egg Sucking Leech

In this “How to Tie” video feature, Tim Flager from Tightline Video is back to show us how to tie the Egg Sucking Leech.

Learn About This Fly

Difficulty: Novice

This iconic fly is a favorite amongst anglers on any freshwater occasion. Whether they’re fishing deep for lake trout, or flowing rivers in the conquest of steelhead, this versatile fly is sure to attract the attention of even the most stubborn fish.

Made to imitate a leech which has (hypothetically) grabbed hold of an egg, this pattern is simple, yet extremely effective. Because of the massive geographical spans by which leeches can be located, this is a fly you should always have handy. Because of this fly’s shiny dubbing body, paired with a bright bead in order to simulate an egg, the Egg sucking Leech is a great searcher pattern for drawing big fish out from their hiding spots.

This Fly is an extremely easy pattern for amateur fly tyers to begin on. With some maribou, dubbing, and a bead head, any fly tyer can get underway in tying themselves an egg sucking leech army. Make sure to note that this fly is very receptive to color modifications, and that color variations can be used to diversify your ties. By using different shades of dubbing, as well as different bead colors, you can tie a plethora of variations in order to make sure you always have something new to try on the water.


  • 2X-long, 2X-heavy streamer/nymph hook, sizes 612.
  • Fluorescent Fire Orange bead, 1/8-inch.
  • Brown, 6/0 or 140-denier tying thread
  • Dark-brown marabou blood quill
  • Chocolate brown SLF Prism Dubbing
  • (optional) Dubbing brush.

Now you know how to tie the Egg Sucking Leech!

Video courtesy of Tightline Video

Article by Flylords Team Member Wills Donaldson

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