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MOAL Leech
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 that just arrived at The Fly Fishing Shop are very well tied. Derek says I'm the Pickiest Mother Of All Fly Buyers. 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 $8.25 SALE ENDED

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 $8.25 SALE ENDED

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 $8.25 SALE ENDED

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 $8.25 SALE ENDED

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 throughout the warmer months.

MOAL Leech, Hot Pink/Purple

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MLPP4 MOAL Leech, Hot Pink/Purple 4 3 for $8.25 SALE ENDED

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-run rivers as diverse as the Sauk and the Umpqua.

MOAL Leech, Purple

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MLPU4 MOAL Leech, Purple 4 3 for $8.25 SALE ENDED

The Sport Of Fly Fishing...A Global Brotherhood
The pictures below were sent from customers in far distant lands. The first six pictures com from Pelham Henwood, who writes from south Africa: "Just spent 10 idyllic days fishing small highland streams in the Southern Drakensberg, Eastern Cape region South Africa.  Caught  countless 10 - 15 inch wild rainbows and a few browns.  Thought I would send you a few pics of some of the streams and scenery and the prize fish of the trip, a 20 inch beauty caught on a number 18 RAB ( dry fly )." The sailfish picture is from David Pollard while fishing off the coast of Kenya. He writes: "Guys, I thought you may appreciate seeing one of the caps you gave my wife & I in an action setting. We caught the following: 1 Sailfish, 7 Dorado, 13 Tuna (2 on the fly), 1 Frigate Mackerel. The last two pictures are from Brazil. Andre Braghetta with a Golden Dorado, and Thiago de Mello Zanetti with an unidentified fish from along the mangroves.
Fat rainbow trout caught in South Africa  Fish rising in a slow pool in South Africa... 
A trout stream in South Africa  South Africa 
A trout riffle in South Africa...  Catch and release in South Africa... 
Sailfish in Kenya... 
Golden Dorado in Brazil...  Fishing a mangrove shoreline, Brazil...

McLean Nets
Model 100 Model 111 Model 140
Model 102 Model 112  
Have you ever landed a big fish and really wanted to know how much it weighed, but didn't have a scale?  Or maybe you don't carry a scale because you believe in "catch and release" and don't want to put any fish through the rigors of hanging on a scale.  Now you don't have to worry.  You can carefully net your prize and weigh it in the net because your net has an easy to use spring-scale built into the handle.  Pretty handy!
We were first introduced to McLean Weigh Nets in 2003 by our good friend & TFO Rep, Dick Sagara. Subsequent use in the field revealed that McLean Nets are extremely rugged and practical. We have used them extensively in Columbia River Shad fishery, where a hundred fish might be netted and released in a single day. Lately we have been using them on privates lakes to handle large rainbows. McLean Nets are made in New Zealand where anglers often catch trout larger than 10-pounds. The framework of McLean Nets is made from anodized aircraft aluminum tubing. The handles are coated with non-slip rubber. Net bags are woven from soft nylon. We love testing the products we sell. It's fun when those products really work. These nets really are worth the money.

Every McLean Net
Has A Weight Scale
In The Handle!
Mark Bachmann testing the McClean Weigh Net at Rocky Ridge Ranch. Yes, this scale really works on this 9-pound rainbow.
  The Model 100 is perfect for lakes that have large trout. Model 100 works well when fishing from a pontoon boat. It is also a very good net for steelhead up to ten pounds. Where larger steelhead and salmon are expected, the Model 140 is perfect and has a sling for carrying it on your back. Where smaller fish are to be expected, try the model 111 or 112.

McLean Weigh Net Model 100

Hoop Size: 20" X 16".  This long handle model is perfect for fishing out of a boat or float tube.  This net will easily handle trout or bass up to
10-pounds.  This is a great net for average steelhead and Alaskan or New Zealand trout.  Carrying a large net denotes confidence in the angler.
Scale weighs fish to 14-pounds.

These net frames are made from anodized aircraft aluminum tubing.

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MWN-100 McLean Weigh Net Model 100 $84.95 SALE ENDED

McLean Weigh Net Model 102

Hoop Size: 17" X 13".  This long handle model is perfect for fishing out of a boat or float tube.  This net will easily handle trout or bass up to 5-pounds and is strong enough and big enough to net 8-pounders.  This is a great float tube/pontoon boat net.  A nice size for fish from 2-5 pounds.
Scale weighs fish to 14-pounds.

These net frames are made from anodized aircraft aluminum tubing.
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MWN-102 McLean Weigh Net Model 102 $79.95 SALE ENDED

McLean Weigh Net Model 111

Hoop Size: 17" X 13".  This short handle model is perfect for fishing while wading.  This net will easily handle trout or bass up to 5-pounds, yet is strong enough and big enough to net 8-pounders.  This is a great net to have while fishing Alaskan rainbows.  Has French snap for attaching to your vest.
Scale weighs fish to 14-pounds.

These net frames are made from anodized aircraft aluminum tubing.

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MWN-111 McLean Weigh Net Model 111 $79.95 SALE ENDED

McLean Weigh Net Model 112

Hoop Size: 14" X 10".  This short handle model is perfect for fishing while wading.  This net will easily handle trout or bass up to 4-pounds, but is strong enough and big enough to net 6-pounders.  This is a great net to have while fishing any where for average trout.  Has French snap for attaching to your vest.
Scale weighs fish to 14-pounds.

These net frames are made from anodized aircraft aluminum tubing.

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MWN-112 McLean Weigh Net Model 112 $77.95 SALE ENDED

McLean Weigh Net Model 140

Hoop Size: 24" X 20".  This long handle model is the perfect steelhead net.  This net will easily handle fish up to 20-pounds, and is strong enough and big enough to net 30-pounders.  This is a great net to have while fishing anywhere for steelhead.  Has shoulder strap. Positive locking handle slides to make the net more compact for storage or transporting.
Scale weighs fish to 30-pounds.

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MWN-140 McLean Weigh Net Model 140 $142.95 SALE ENDED

Wapsi Fly Tying Starter Kit
  • All tools & materials are included.
  • Ties 10 of today's hottest fly patterns.
  • Clear, step-by-step instructions.
  • Beginner Approved.

Why this kit was developed
Wapsi's goal was to design a kit that focused on giving the starter a positive experience the first time at the vise. To accomplish this goal, they wrote a straightforward book with clear, step-by-step instructions, using materials geared to tie modern fly patterns. They tested this kit by having several focus groups of beginners tie flies with Fly Tying Starter Kits. Their comments and suggestions drove this entire project.

The components of the kit
The focus groups taught Wapsi a great deal about writing an instructional fly tying book. They realized that the photographs and text had to be clear and easy to understand. The second edition of the Wapsi Fly Tying Handbook teaches the fundamental techniques to tie any fly and gives detailed step-by-step instructions to tie 17 modern fly patterns.

Wapsi Starter Kit (KITW1) includes the tools and materials to tie the following 10 fly patterns:
  • Wooly Bugger
  • All Purpose Nymph
  • San Juan Worm
  • Stretch Tubing Scud
  • Foam Beetle
  • Poly Caddis
  • Brassie
  • Bead Head Caddis Larva
  • Fur Ant
  • Inchworm
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KITW1 Wapsi Fly Tying Starter Kit $59.95 SALE ENDED

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