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Bleeding Schlappen Leech – Darren MacEachern

Leeches are a staple food item for trout in lakes and streams. I have often heard them described as dessert for feeding trout. This pattern came about because I wanted a heavier version of a Woolly Bugger with out adding lead or expensive metal beads. In bright sunny conditions, this pattern glows due to the silver-lined beads. While glass beads don’t weigh much, the amount used in the pattern creates a quick sinking treat for trout. I tie this in a light tan, purple, and olive as well as the black.

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Bleeding Schlappen Leech
Bleeding Schlappen Leech

The Bleeding Schlappen Leech
Originated by Darren MacEachern
Tied by Darren MacEachern

Hook: 4xl streamer hook size 2 – 12.
Thread: Black 8/0 (70 Denier)
Tail: Black Marabou
Body: Red Silver-lined Glass Beads
Hackle: Peacock Black Schlappen
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Epoxy Buzzer

Heading into fall, my fly orders have been heavy with all sorts of Chironomid patterns like Snocones, Chan’s Chironomids and this pattern, the Epoxy Buzzer. I like tying this method as it creates the thin profile you want for Chironomids. Tie the materials down to the bend then wind back up, nothing more is needed, and a thin coat of cement or epoxy seals the deal. Be sure you have a drying wheel or a place to hang the coated flies. To save a bit of time, coat all the flies at once after they are tied. This pattern by Darren MacEachern uses a split jungle cock nail, but any orange material such as UNI-mylar orange or Lagurtun midge braid will work too with a slight alteration of the tying method.

Epoxy Buzzer

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