In recent years articulated patterns have become a mainstay in fly shop bins, and fly boxes across the country. The reason is that articulated patterns just plain work. One of the better articulated streamers I've fished in recent months has to be Clark Pierce's deadly Cheech's Leech. This fly has all the ingredients of a big fish catcher. It swims great, has a lot of flash and movement, and presents a realistic bait-fish silhouette when wet.
The beauty of this fly is that it is actually quite simple to tie and doesn't require a lot of exotic materials. This makes it easily possible to tie it in a wide range of colors. The techniques required are nothing new to most tiers, if you can make a dubbing loop, then you can tie this fly. Happy tying.
Materials - Olive Version
- Two #4 2x long streamer hooks such as the Tiemco 5262
- Olive Polar Chenille
- Olive Simi Seal dubbing
- Any .38mm, 15lb. nylon coated stainless steel micro-wire such as Flex-Rite (available at most craft and bead shops).
- Two clear orange or red 6mm plastic beads
- .25 lead or non-lead wire
- 7/32” 1/30oz plated lead eyes
- Olive/green barred Sili Legs
- Olive marabou