Cheech Leech

Cheech - February, 2013

As we do with many of our patterns as we fish them more and more, we find ways to improve them for effectiveness, durability, color combinations, or all of the above. I have been playing with some different changes for the Cheech Leech, the most important being the way that I do the head. I have to hand it to my buddy Jeff Welker for challenging me to tie a few "perfect" El Sculpito patterns that he was putting into a frame. The El Sculpito uses the same type of head that the Cheech Leech uses so it was directly translatable. The solution was simple, but it took me a while for my slow artist brain to catch up with what my hands needed to do. It involves some velcro, a thick dubbing loop, and some strong thread. This new color combo has been great, and with the addition of claret marabou, black wine dubbing, and black/red krystal flash, it really makes a fish getting fly...
(This fly uses quite a bit of AZ Mega Simi Seal dubbing, so it might be a good idea to stock up)

Happy tying.
~ Cheech

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 1
  • Hook: Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook - 2
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier - Black
  • Eyes: BallZeyes - Red - Large (3/16" / 5 mm)
  • Tail/Body: Arizona Mega Simi Seal - Black/Red
  • Hackle: Palmer Chenille - Black - Medium
  • Wire: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire - Black - Regular
  • Beads: 3D Articulation Beads - Red
  • Collar: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Black
  • Collar: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Maroon/Wine
  • Legs: Silicone Flutter Legs - Black
  • Flash: Grizzly Krystal Flash - Black/Red
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille

Palmer Chenille

$3.25
Arizona Mega Simi Seal
Arizona Mega Simi Seal
Arizona Mega Simi Seal
Arizona Mega Simi Seal
Arizona Mega Simi Seal
Arizona Mega Simi Seal
Arizona Mega Simi Seal

Arizona Mega Simi Seal

$2.75
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

$5.50
3D Articulation Beads
3D Articulation Beads
3D Articulation Beads

3D Articulation Beads

$4.50
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 210 Denier

$2.99
BallZeyes
BallZeyes

BallZeyes

$5.50
Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper
Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

$7.50
Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire
Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire

$6.50
Silicone Flutter Legs
Silicone Flutter Legs

Silicone Flutter Legs

$3.99
Grizzly Krystal Flash
Grizzly Krystal Flash

Grizzly Krystal Flash

$5.25