MOAL Leech

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MOAL Leech (Mother Of All Leeches) as developed and tied by Derek Fergus
MOAL Leech, Black/Blue MOAL Leech, Black/Purple MOAL Leech,  Pink/Purple
MOAL Leech, Black/Chart. MOAL Leech, Hot Pink MOAL Leech, Purple
Derek Fergus and I have shared a lot of very productive steelhead trips. Every one has been an adventure. We have had days when we turned every fish loose, and days when we filled the smoke house with keepers. Derek has steelhead instinct, and is an intuitive fly designer and meticulous fly tier. Derek keeps himself sharp by being on the water weekly. He's a great team player. One day he picked my pocket with a winter buck that grabbed the fly no more than 10-feet behind me. It attacked a 9-inch long, bright red MOAL Leech. This fish was caught during our second pass through the run, and it was in the bright sunshine. The feat was witnessed by our mutual friend, Don Roberts who often joins us on our local steelhead fly fishing escapades. On our trips we have experimented with many different fly designs. Early on, Derek became more & more interested in the "String Leech" style of fly and decided to put his imprint on it. There are many string-leech styles and patterns. At present we sell four other series of string leeches. They are all extremely popular. Derek developed a way to build his fly on a doubled strand of gel spun fly line backing. A rabbit strip is spiral wrapped around this string so it acquires a large soft silhouette. These flies are front end weighted with a nickel plated brass cone. The beaked hook is at the tail. Each fly becomes an inviting target when submerged. Derek designed the fly so that it rarely fouls, but hooks cleanly. MOALs are soft and chewy. Fish hang on to them.
Derek Fergus with a winter steelhead caught with a Hot Pink MOAL Leech.
Derek chases down a steelhead that battled him in rough water. A near limit of keepers for three anglers.
MOAL Leech means "Mother Of All Leeches". The design came under focus during Desert Storm.  Saddam had predicted that he would wage the Mother Of All Wars. Derek predicted that the MOAL would become the Mother Of All Leeches. In the past, production problems kept this from happening. At present the MOAL is known only to a select few anglers. Production problems have finally been straightened out. The batch we just got at The Fly Fishing Shop are very well tied. Derek says I'm the Pickiest Mother Of All Fly Byers. I hope it's true. Don't worry I wrote up a number of MOAL's out of the last shipment for my own steelhead kit. Some will get wet next week.
At present we have a good supply of MOAL Leeches in all six colors, but who knows how long they will last. Besides there are fresh steelhead in our home rivers just waiting to eat them.

MOAL Leech, Black/Blue


This has become one of the most popular color combinations for steelhead in glacial streams. We have been successful using very fast sinking tip Spey lines. Fish this fly slow and deep. This fly seems to be at its best when the water is relatively cold in late fall and early spring.

MOAL Leech, Black/Blue

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MLBD4 MOAL Leech, Black/Blue 4 3 for $9.50 Out of Stock

MOAL Leech, Black/Chartreuse


The Green Butt MOAL is effective on many rivers. Don't go to the Umpqua without a few of these. This color seems most productive when fished up off the bottom with a slower sinking tip. Works any time of year.

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MLBC4 MOAL Leech, Black/Chartreuse 4 3 for $9.50

MOAL Leech, Black/Purple


This is a must have fly anywhere you fish for summer steelhead. This is one of the great color schemes for British Columbia and Idaho. This fly is fished with every type of fly line from floating to deep sinking.

MOAL Leech, Black/Purple

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MLBP4 MOAL Leech, Black/Purple 4 3 for $9.50

MOAL Leech, Hot Pink


Great steelhead fly for cold water. Great Coho fly too. When all else fails, show them the pink worm. This pattern works under all conditions and is the go to fly everywhere for several knowledgeable anglers.

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MLHP4 MOAL Leech, Hot Pink 4 3 for $9.50

MOAL Leech, Hot Pink/Purple


Another searching fly for summer steelhead on either side of the Cascades. This color combination can be a winner any time of year. Seems to be more favored through the warmer months.

MOAL Leech, Hot Pink/Purple

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MLPP4 MOAL Leech, Hot Pink/Purple 4 3 for $10.50

MOAL Leech, Purple


Don't leave home without some of these in your fly box. This is a very good fly on the Deschutes River, and all other summer steelhead rivers. The same thing might be said for winter rub fish rivers as diverse the Sauk and the Umpqua.

MOAL Leech, Purple

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MLPU4 MOAL Leech, Purple 4 3 for $9.50 Out of Stock

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