If you want to catch a Leprechaun, first and most important, you must know your quarry. Here are some of the Leprechaun images and facts that may help you begin to know what you are up against.
Legend says that Leprechauns are shoemakers (also called cobblers). Some say that you can tell a Leprechaun is near if you hear the tapping of their hammers. They love practical jokes.
Don't think it will be easy, they are very difficult to find. If there any Leprechauns about, they can hide most anywhere behind bushes and hedgerows. Even though their bodies are short and stubby they can usually move very fast. If you are lucky enough to see one, he will have a mischievous glint in his eyes.
Often, Leprechauns are dressed in a studded leather apron and a red or green wide-brimmed hat. They carry two leather pouches. In one there is a silver shilling, a magical coin that returns to the purse each time it is paid out. In the other is a gold coin which they will use to try and bribe their way out of difficult situations. This coin usually turns to leaves or ashes once the leprechaun has parted with it.
Remember, real Leprechauns are tricky fellows, so to really know how to catch a leprechaun, you must be creative and tricky when deciding on a way to try to catch him. One way to try might be to get him close enough to grab. You would probably have to try and lure him to you so that you can grab him. Leprechauns love Gold and four leaf clovers. You might try to lure him close to you with a trail of clovers or fake Gold coins.
They are very curious. You might pretend to do something odd and when he approaches to see what you are doing, you can grab him.
Another way to catch a Leprechaun would be to build a Leprechaun Trap. Building a Leprechaun trap can be very difficult. We have devoted a complete page on how to Build a Leprechaun Trap.
If you, a mere mortal, were to catch one of the real Leprechauns, so the legend goes, he may offer to tell you where his hoard of gold is hidden in return for his freedom. The leprechaun must tell the truth, for it is bound by courtesy and fairy law--but only so long as you look it in the eye, as courtesy demands. You must never take your eye off of it--not even for an instant-- for that frees the Leprechaun from any obligation of courtesy, and it will vanish.