Fly Fishers' Republic

Sanchez Sluggo Leech

February 19, 2007

by Raif Killips

Sanchez Sluggo Leech



The Sluggo Leech is a variation on Scott Sanchez’s Sluggo Fly. The bendback hook profile used in this pattern helps avoid hang-ups on weed and other structure, and achieves in a better hookup rate on fish than the traditional mono weed guard. These large flies are meant primarily for targeting largemouth and smallmouth bass; however, they have been successfully used to catch stripers, sunfish, pike, cutthroat and brown trout.

How to fish:

You can fish this pattern at any depth on full floating, through intermediate, to heavy sinking fly-lines. It works well on the drop, fished sink and draw, and also works well twitched slowly over and through weed beds and flats.


The hide strip is coated with a thin layer of marine caulking and sprinkled with extra-fine pearlescent glitter before it dries. The caulking helps prevent the hook from pulling back through the hide.


Use different coloured rabbit strips and tying thread. Deke Meyer suggests you can also introduce more flash and colour by using a needle to thread the hide with synthetic 'flash' material before applying the caulking.

Further reading:

Hot Bass Flies Patterns & Tactics from the Experts, 2003, Deke Meyer, Frank Amato Publications, ISBN 1-57188-285-5 (softbound), ISBN 1-57188-286-3 (spiral hardbound).