Suskwa Poacher

September 2015

Suskwa Poacher by Erik Simpson




	                           Fly Pattern: Suskwa Poacher
	
            Tyer's Name: Erik Simpson
            Date: September 1,2015
    Fly Originator and History:  Unknown

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader:  Skagit line with a 10-20 lb mono or fluorocarbon leader. 
    Suggested retrieve:  Dead drift or swing.
    Depth: On the bottom.
    Comments: This leech fly is tied for winter steelhead fishing on the west end
    rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. It can be dead drifted in current along the 
    bottom of steelhead streams or it can be fished on the swing. Dave at Waters 
    West says the Suskwa Poacher is one of the most popular steelhead flies. 
    It is also said that Suskwa Poacher is a great fly for summer-runs during high 
    flows and in the glacial rivers.  

    According to Brian at Brian's Sporting Goods Store, adult steelhead apparently 
    consider leeches to be a predator because leeches eat a lot of steelhead eggs. 
    Brian says adult steelhead are known to strike and bite a large leech to try 
    to kill them before spitting them out.


                                Fly Material

    Shank Hook: Galkakatsu C10S, size 1/0.
    Trailing Hook: Gamlkakatsu C14S, size 2.
    Thread: Black UNI-thread 6/0 or Ultra 140.
    Connector: Berkley Fire Line.
    Tag: Kingfisher Blue Flashabou.
    Body Hackle: A Black Marabou feather and a Purple Marabou feather.
    Collar: 2 strands of Blue Krystal Flash, 1 strand Pearl Blue Flashibou 
    and Kingfisher Blue Schlappen-stripped. 
    Head: Small Florescent Red Chenille (2 wraps) and a small thread head.
    Weight: Lead eyes tied in the Chenille (optional).
    Glue: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.

                                Tying steps
 
    1. Attach the fire line onto the Trailing hook. Go thru the eye from the underside 
    around the hook and back thru the hook eye. Adjust line to equal lengths and set aside.

    2. Place wax on the Shank Hook and lay down a thread base with black thread.  
    Make a half hitch and glue with clear head cement (optional).

    3. Tie on the Kingfisher Blue Flashabou Tag and make several overlapping wraps 
    back to the point above the hook point. 

    4. Tie the Fire Line onto the Shank Hook with the thread onto the lower 3/4 of 
    the hook. Wrap forward and make with at least 40 wraps each direction. Tie off 
    and make a half hitch. Cut off excess and glue with a  generous portion. 

    5. Tie on a Black Marabou feather by the tip and make 4 or 5 wraps up the shank 
    to the 1/2 point. Tie off and make a half hitch, cut off excess and glue.

    6. Tie on a Purple Marabou feather by the tip and make 4 or 5 wraps up the shank 
    up to the 3/4 point. Tie off and make a half hitch, cut off excess and glue.

    7. Tie on a stripped Blue Schlappen feather and make  3 to 4 tight wraps up 
    the shank. Tie off and make a half hitch, cut off excess and glue.

    8. With the Florescent Red Chenille, tie on an egg sucking leech head with 2 wraps. 
    Cut off excess, tie off and make 3 half hitches, and glue.   

          Erik Simpson 9/19/15