Mini Cheech Leech

Cheech - December, 2016

The Cheech Leech is the fly that really started my addiction to tying and fishing articulated streamers. The original Cheech Leeches were tied on two TMC 5262 hooks in size 4, with a regular plain lead dumbbell eye. The only thing about that fly is that I'd have to rummage through all of my marabou to find pieces small enough to palmer around the hook shank. As I got more materials, and dialed the pattern in a bit, I ultimately decided to make the hooks proportionate to the longer marabou. The bigger Cheech Leech would turn into my most effective fly, and it has caught multiple species in multiple continents. The other issue that I ran into was that the medium sized palmer chenille was a bit too long for a smaller hook. As you will see in this video, I was able to achieve a proportionate fly by using the MP Magic Tool for the marabou, and small sized palmer chenille for the body. Other than the smaller size of this fly, the Cheech Leech really doesn't need any more introduction. If you would like to see the other videos we have done on the Cheech Leech, check out the following links. (Original Gangster) (Double Wide)

Material List
  • Hook: Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper - 4
  • Hook: Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook - 6
  • Wire: Senyo Intruder Trailer Hook Wire - Black - Regular
  • Bead: 3D Articulation Beads - Orange
  • Eyes: BallZeyes - Chartreuse - Medium (5/32" / 4 mm)
  • Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - Yellow
  • Tail/Body/Head: Arizona Simi Seal - Crawdad
  • Flash: Midge Flash - Gold
  • Collar: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Lemon Yellow
  • Collar: Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou - Tan
  • Legs: Silicone Flutter Legs - Tan
  • Body: Palmer Chenille - Tan - Small
  • Tools Used: Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool, Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner,
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
Arizona Simi Seal
Arizona Simi Seal
Arizona Simi Seal

Arizona Simi Seal

$2.75
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou
Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou

$3.95
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille
Palmer Chenille

Palmer Chenille

$3.25
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool

Stonfo Comb & Brush Tool

$9.50
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

$2.99
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook
Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

Daiichi 2461 - Long Shank Streamer Hook

$5.50
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner
Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner

Loon Gator Grip Dubbing Spinner

$17.99
3D Articulation Beads
3D Articulation Beads
3D Articulation Beads

3D Articulation Beads

$4.50
BallZeyes
BallZeyes

BallZeyes

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

Fulling Mill 36040 Streamer Stripper

$7.50
Midge Flash
Midge Flash

Midge Flash

$4.99
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