Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Moderators: William Anderson, letumgo

Post Reply
User avatar
letumgo
Site Admin
Posts: 13344
Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:55 pm
Location: Buffalo, New York
Contact:

Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by letumgo » Mon Nov 20, 2023 10:25 am

Clitellata Hirudinea (fun to say - fun to fish - soft hackle leech)
Hook - Mustad Alpha Point Limerick Streamer/Model L87AP (Size 8)
Thread - 140 Denier Ultra Thread (Rusty Brown)
Collar Tail - Ringneck Pheasant Flank Feather (Auburn Brown)
Rear Body - Ringneck Aftershaft/Philoplume Feathers (Olive)
Body Hackle - Ringneck Pheasant Rump Feather (Olive)
Middle Body - Ringneck Aftershaft/Philoplume Feathers (Olive)
Front Body - Ringneck Feather Marabou (Olive)
Front Hackle Collar - Ringneck Pheasant Rump Feather (Olive)
Head - Tying Tread (whip finished and coated with SHHAN clear nail polish)

Image

Image

Some of the tools I used to tye this pattern.
Image

Ringneck Pheasant Rump Feathers:
Image
Image

Preparing Feather for tying - Separate Tip Section and Pull back most of the fibers to reveal the center tip section (part used for tying in the rear and body hackle)
Image

Mount the hook in the vice, tye in the front collar hackle and then the rear tail hackle.
Image

Grasp the center stem in your hackle pliers, gently fold the fibers rearward and wrap forward in close touching turns.
Image
Secure stem with a few wraps of tying thread.
Image

Behind most of the rump feathers you will find these delicate aftershaft (philoplume) feathers. Keep these for the rear body hackle. I tye them in by the thicker end (bird end), and reinforce them in a thread dubbing loop.
Image

Carefully twist the feather in a thread dubbing loop, stopping occasionally to run a bodkin needle backwards along loop to flare the fibers outwards before wrapping.
Image

Tye in another prepared rump hackle (tye in by the triangular tip section)
Image
Image

Repeat process for next plume section
Image

Image
Image
Image

Image
Image

Brush out the fly to make sure body if fluffy and hackle fibers radiate in all directions.
Image

Pinch body to force hackle fibers to extend backwards around the body to the fly.
Image
Apply head cement.
Image

You could also use a folding block to use the entire feather in a dubbing loop.
Image
Clipped and ready for tying the next leech.
Image

The finished fly has a nicely tapered profile (very leech like shape) and a "squishy" soft-core texture for the body (added fish appeal).

Can't wait to give these a swim!
Ray (letumgo)----<°))))))><
http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php? ... er=letumgo

"The world is perfect. Appreciate the details." - Dean
Variant
Posts: 355
Joined: Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:23 am

Re: Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by Variant » Mon Nov 20, 2023 12:17 pm

Good use of materials and tools.
Well done!

Lou
In sport,method is everything.The more the skill the method calls for,the higher it’s yield of emotional stir and satisfaction,the higher it’s place must be in a sportsman’s scale of values. RODERICK HAIG-BROWN
User avatar
letumgo
Site Admin
Posts: 13344
Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:55 pm
Location: Buffalo, New York
Contact:

Re: Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by letumgo » Mon Nov 20, 2023 1:51 pm

Thanks Lou. It was fun playing around. Gave me an excuse to use several tools. Hopefully reinforcing sections in dubbing loops will make the pattern more durable.

This also gave me a chance to play around with generative AI technology (something I am learning on the side). I was having fun coming up with a name for the pattern. Started out with "Limerick Leech" and feed it into the Bing art generation tool. It came up with this fun ole style engraving of a leech in a top hat.

Image

Definitely fun! :D

Wouldn't this make a great tee-shirt. :lol:

EDIT - Adding a few more pictures:
I kept tying variations of these after the recent swap. I keep playing around with the body profile and feather/fluff density.

Image

The version below is tyed with natural ringneck feathers and three rump feathers (rear/middle/front) and fluff used as tail and two midsections. I like the way it turned out, and can't wait to fish with it. The bass are going to love it!
Image
Ray (letumgo)----<°))))))><
http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php? ... er=letumgo

"The world is perfect. Appreciate the details." - Dean
chugbug
Posts: 184
Joined: Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:33 pm

Re: Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by chugbug » Mon Nov 20, 2023 4:24 pm

Cool, and great pattern &sbs
DUBBN
Posts: 1599
Joined: Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:41 pm

Re: Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by DUBBN » Mon Nov 20, 2023 4:29 pm

Ray, that is a killer looking Leech pattern. Well done!!
Partsman
Posts: 123
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:03 am
Location: Bancroft, Michigan

Re: Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by Partsman » Mon Nov 20, 2023 5:16 pm

Thanks Ray, you’re not gonna believe what I found in the road today! Yes a beautiful rooster pheasant right in front of pheasant farm, and they were having a tower shoot, the bird was still warm and in excellent condition. Your pattern will definitely be used.
Thanks, Mike.
User avatar
letumgo
Site Admin
Posts: 13344
Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 7:55 pm
Location: Buffalo, New York
Contact:

Re: Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by letumgo » Mon Nov 20, 2023 7:32 pm

Are you going to skin out the pheasant? Hopefully you can keep the whole skin.
Ray (letumgo)----<°))))))><
http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php? ... er=letumgo

"The world is perfect. Appreciate the details." - Dean
Partsman
Posts: 123
Joined: Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:03 am
Location: Bancroft, Michigan

Re: Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by Partsman » Mon Nov 20, 2023 7:49 pm

Yep, he’s in the freezer for a bit to make sure any unwanted critters are dead to.
User avatar
ronr
Posts: 862
Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:03 pm
Location: Central Oregon/Texas Transplant

Re: Clitellata Hirudinea (soft hackle pheasant tail leech imitation)

Post by ronr » Fri Nov 24, 2023 12:48 pm

Ray.. the artwork is pretty amazing... not sure I'm ready to turn my non-techy brain onto AI Art generative whatever you said...but the name and art work is a hoot. Oh yeah.. the fly aint too shabby either.
Post Reply