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ESL old standby

New and fancy patterns are always coming out, but sometimes going old school is the best policy.  The ESL is a standard pattern.  ESL stands for Egg Sucking Leech.  Yesterday we got on the board with a fresh steelhead up from the lake that very morning, if I had to guess.  On a orange headed black rabbit strip egg sucking leech.

 

Egg Sucking Leech – Picture of the Day

With everything about perfect right now to swing flies.  Perfect river temperature, plenty of steelhead around, and the desire of anglers and guide.  The fly tying bench has been getting some serious use the past couple days.  Shot this photo with the use of a UV light to bright up the egg sucking head of this leech pattern.  More photo’s of patterns and successful steelhead trips coming soon.