Conserving, protecting and restoring Northeastern Pennsylvania’s cold water fisheries
and their watersheds
Pike - Wayne Chapter #462
Articulated Squirrel Leech
(from Trout Unlimited)
Articulated flies require a little more time to tie, but they absolutely come alive
in the water and are well worth the extra effort.
· Thread: Black Uni-Thread Size 3/0
· Rear hook: Tiemco TMC 800S #2-8 or similar short shank, straight eye hook
· Front hook: Mustad 36890 #2-10 or similar 1X long 1X heavy, turned up eye hook
· Articulated Connection: Berkley Fireline 20 lb. test or similar braided line
· Body: Pine squirrel zonker strips
· Flash: Pearl and red krystal flash
· Weight: Black conehead with prismatic eyes
Start by placing the rear hook in the vise, attach
the thread and wind to the rear of the hook. Tie in
several strands of pearl krystal flash and trim to
the length of the hook shank. Tie in a strip of
pine squirrel zonker strip with a tail that is equal
to the length of the hook shank. Palmer the
squirrel strip forward to the hook eye, tie off and
Tie in several strands of red krystal flash on both
sides of the hook just behind the eye. Pull the
krystal flash back while securing with additional
thread wraps so that the strands lie flat against
the body. Trim the krystal flash so that the
strands do not extend past the bend of the hook.
Tie off and place a drop of head cement on the
thread wraps. Set aside to dry.
Slip a black conehead onto the front hook and
place the front hook in the vise, attach the thread
and wind to the rear of the hook. Take a 6 inch
strand of braided line and tie the midpoint of the
braided line onto the rear of the hook so that half
of the line trails over the back of the hook and
half of the line extends towards the front of the
hook. Wind the thread up the hook shank
towards the eye of the hook and back towards
the hook bend while securely wrapping down the
front section of braided line.
Thread the rear hook onto the rear portion of the
braided line and bring the rear portion towards
the eye of the hook while taking care to form a
small loop in the braided line to allow plenty of
room for the rear portion to move freely. With the
rear section of the braided line now lying on top
of the front section, securely tie down both
sections of braided line by wrapping the thread
up and down the hook shank.
Trim the tags of braided line and tie off. Liberally
apply head cement to the front hook shank while
using care not to get any head cement on the
looped portion of the braided line. The looped
portion of braided line should be kept supple to
allow as much articulation as possible between
the front and rear fly sections. Set the fly aside
and allow the head cement to dry before
proceeding to the next step.
Re-attach the thread and wind to the rear of the
hook. Tie in a strip of pine squirrel zonker strip
above the hook bend and then wrap the thread
forward until just behind the conehead. Palmer
the squirrel strip forward until just behind the
cone head. Tie off and trim.
Tie in a clump of red krystal flash right behind the
conehead and trim for the throat of the fly. Whip
finish and apply head cement to thread wraps.
Go fishing and hang on tight.
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