This sign is on a store in Glendo, Wyoming right next to the railroad tracks.

Let's assume the leeches are for fishing and not old-time doctoring.

Believe it or not, they're still occasionally used in medicine to this day.

Leeches are excellent at promoting circulation of blood in a specific area, which can be invaluable when a patient is experiencing clotting and venous congestion after a procedure. (Tampa General Hospital).

Fishing with leeches is quite common.

Just hook a leech through the front of its head using a bucktail jig or plain jig head. Drop the rig down into the water until the jig hits the bottom and then slowly lift it a few feet off before letting it fall again. It's an incredibly effective method.

So how does one catch leeches for fishing?

You could send your kids into the muck and then pull them off their bare legs.

Let's not do that.

Use things like coffee cans, soda bottles, and even small buckets as leech traps.

Fold the pie plate in half and crimp the edges together, leaving a small opening at one end so that you have a sort of small metal envelope.

Poke a hole through the top of the opening of the folded plate along its edge to attach line and you’re done.

Set the traps in shallow ponds, creeks, or swamps that don’t have a lot of fish in them or along the shallow.

Bait your leech traps with a few chunks of fresh-cut bait or even with the heads and guts of a previously cleaned fish.

Leave the traps to rest overnight.

Or... you can just buy them from this store.

Photo By Tim Mandese
Photo By Tim Mandese

DISCLAIMER: We "assume" that everyone who buys leeches at this store is using them for fishing.

To our knowledge, we have not seen any medical or black magic intentions.

But, who knows?

Eating live leeches can be done, but they pose a danger if they are not chewed thoroughly. The best way to eat leeches is to grind them into a paste and fry them in a little oil or butter.


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