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 https://youtu.be/928yL1gK1RU 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
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
Video Link: Suskwa Poacher
Web: Piscator Flies
Back in my early days of tying flies, the Humpy was one of the dry fly patterns I loved to tie. Not only is the easy to keep afloat, but it is also easy to modify into some interesting variations. Lance Dean’s fluorescent pink version is definitely something you won’t miss in the riffles.
One of my favorite variations of the Humpy is the Royal Humpy. The body is tied with a band of red floss between peacock herl. Another variation I enjoy is using a strip of 2mm closed cell foam for the shellback. What variations have you tied? Let me know in the comments.
Humpy fly pattern recipe
Hook: TCM 100 size 14
Thread: UTC 140 Fl. Pink
Tail: Moose body hair
Wing: Yearling elk hair
Shell: Yearling elk hair
Underbody: UTC 140 Fl. Pink
Hackle: Grizzly and brown (or Cree) saddle hackle
Head: Thread w/ cement
Youtube Channel: Fishbait’s Fly Box
Video Link: Tying the Humpy Dry Fly
Finally a good use for those annoying Trolls I keep stepping on in the middle of the night. The Troll Fly is a sweet little baitfish pattern and as seen in the video, works great for redfish. For that matter, I would also be looking to throw this fly at pike and bass. If you don’t have any of the dolls at hand, a patch of craft fur will do great in its place.
Troll Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: #2-3/0 Saltwater hook
Thread: White 210 denier
Tail: Flash blend synthetic hair alternate colors white and grey
Body: Pearl Angel Hair
Wing: Blue Troll hair (Craft Fur)
Throat: Pearl crystal flash
Eye: 3d molded eyes (match to hook size)
Head: UV Resin
Youtube Channel : Catch Cam Nets
Video: Troll Fly