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
This micro intruder pattern is tied up by the Caddis Angling Fly Shop’s Jay Nicholas. Jay goes into a little bit about the differences between intruders and micro intruders and how the intruder genre has evolved over the last decade or so. Jay ties on a slick looking Regal Revolution Fly Tying Vise for this video. I picked one up for myself a couple weeks back and have been loving it as a second vise. You can change up the colors on the fly to target other species, but the pink and blue make it a good steelhead fly for both winter and summer.
Redemption Micro Intruder Tube Fly Pattern Recipe
Tube: Plastic tube
Thread: 6/0 Black
Butt: Spun pink Senyo Fusion Dubbing
Collar: Pink hackle or schlappen
Body: Lagartun Flat braid
Shoulder: Spun blue Senyo Fusion Dubbing
Collar: Softhackle light blue then spey marabou
Flash: Flashabou tied each side
Legs: Black Ostrich herl
Front Collar: Black schlappen
Head: Sonic cone
Be sure to check out this and other videos on The Caddis Fly Angling Shop’s Youtube page and subscribe for more videos.
It’s been said a million times, “If it aint chartreuse, it aint no use”, and in the case of low visibility waters, the bright green remains a good choice. The Murky Water Streamer is an articulated fly and the front hook is meant to be clipped, so the important thing to note is the length of the hook shank. Personally, I’m not a fan of the limp trailer hooks and would prefer using a coated braided wire for the trailer. The fly pattern is a big one, and with the marabou collar and sili-legs, it will provide for a lot of movement in the water.
Murky Water Streamer Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Rise 90019 # 1 or 4xl streamer hook
Thread: 8/0 UNI or 70 UTC
Trailer: Multi-filament Tufline 65 lbs or similar
Eyes: Large silver bead chain
Body: polar chartreuse chenille
Collar: Chartreuse marabou
Flash: Pearl polar flash
Wing: Rabbit strip chartreuse or barred chartreuse
Legs: Sili legs barred blue / black
Junction: ProTube red or chartreuse
Trailer Hook: Octopus
Be sure to check out this and other videos on Ruben Martin’s Youtube page.