Suskwa Poacher tied by Darren MacEachern

The Suskwa Poacher is tied on an articulated shank aka stinger hook or intruder hook. You can find the tutorial for tying the shank at and it can be used to tie this fly and many others.

The Suskwa Poacher is a popular and proven Egg Sucking Leech pattern. This dark colored articulated fly is a killer choice for winter steelhead runs and for colored water in warmer seasons. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the spawning steelhead attach leeches on sight because they see them as predators of their vulnerable eggs. The leeches are hit aggressively, bitten, spit out and left for dead.

The fly can be fished on the swing or dead drifted along the bottom. Be sure to use a string wire for the leash and be sure to fold back the tag ends and you’ll have a nice sturdy fly.

Suskwa Poacher fly pattern recipe

Shank: 40mm shank w/ 20lb wire
Thread: 6/0 Fl. pink
Eye: 4mm Brass barbell
Butt: Med. pink chenille
Rear collar: Black marabou
Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Body: Flat braid silver
Shoulder: Med. pink chenille
Front collar: Black marabou
Flash: June Bug Flashabou
Hackle: Silver Dr. Blue Schlappen
Head: Med. pink chenille


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