Introduction: Red Egg-sucking Electric Leech

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The Red Egg-sucking Electric Leech is an ideal meal for rainbow trout because it contains many elements which attract rainbows such as: the great action of rabbit fur, the color red dressed with crystal flash and tinsel, and the ever tantalizing egg at the head of the fly. This fly works year round, but especially well in the spring.

Step 1: Materials

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*Blended Red and Black Bunny
*Blue-Red Crystal Flash for Body
*Red Tinsel
*#2 Streamer Hook
*Orange Egg for Head
*Fly-tying cement

Step 2: Step 1

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Bend the barb of the hook down enough to slip the bead on the hook.

Step 3: Step 2

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Secure the bunny strip to the hook, leaving about 1.5 inches of the bunny trailing as a tail.

Step 4: Step 3

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Secure the blue-red crystal flash body to the hook.

Step 5: Step 4

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Apply a coat of cement to hook shank. This will help the fly last longer.

Step 6: Step 5

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Wrap body material forward, leaving about 1/4 inch of the hook shank free to wrap a collar.

Step 7: Step 6

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Fold bunny forward and secure at the end of the body material.

Step 8: Step 7

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Secure red tinsel on top of the bunny. The length should not extend beyond the tail of the fly.

Step 9: Step 8

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Wrap the collar of the fly with about three wraps of the bunny. This will give the fly great action in the water!

Step 10: Step 8 Continued

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Continue wrapping toward the bead egg head.

Step 11: Step 9

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Trim excess bunny and tie off head of fly.

Step 12: Final Product

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Final: Red Egg-Sucking Electric Bunny Leech

Step 13: Credits

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Fly Pattern, Red Egg-sucking Electric Leech: I wouldn't call this a totally original fly pattern at all, but a variation of many patterns that have worked for me through the years.
Photos: by Trevor Townsend
Tied: by Trevor Townsend
Instructable Design: by Trevor Townsend


AussieAnglerGal (author)2011-11-12

anyone got any substitutes for rabbit fur?

jimbo480 (author)2010-02-28

is it any good for brown trout?

ttownsend (author)jimbo4802010-02-28

Yes, it does work for brown trout.  Depending on the size of browns you are after, you might want to scale it down to a #4 or #6.  I would love to try it on a big sea-run brown down in South America!

JSUTHERLAND8 (author)2009-04-07

A FLY VISE is a must for this cool looking FLY. They can be found at your local sports store for ~ $15.00 and up. Most clamp to a table, some have a screw mount base.

eranox (author)JSUTHERLAND82009-04-26

As a great alternative for a fly vise, you can use a leatherman-type tool that features locking pliers. I have a great one made by Kershaw that does the trick, and I can fold the knife blade out and stick it into a tree stump for an instant streamside vise. The tool costs about $70 new; found mine for $20 at a pawn shop. Most of the manufacturers of multitools make a model that will work, but I don't recommend the Leatherman version, as the joint has a tendency to come apart, making it a real pain to use.

inept (author)2009-04-13

Also known as the Lawyer Fly :D

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