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Thunder Egg, Orange Thunder Egg, Bright Pink How To Fish With Egg Flies  
FISH EGGS AS FISH FOOD
Eggs from spawning fish make up a substantial percentage of the seasonal biological drift in most streams.  Eggs may be liberated into the natural flow of the stream either by errant currents during the spawning process or by catastrophes such as floods.  In areas where fish are spawning, eggs are often more prevalent than aquatic insects in a foraging trout's diet. 
   Deschutes Redsides dine all winter on white fish eggs.  Alaskan rainbows get a seasonal boost from the roe of spawning salmon.  Trout and steelhead often congregate down stream of the redds of spawners of their own race.  All salmonids, especially Rainbows, Cutthroats, Dolly Varden and Rocky Mountain white fish are egg eaters.   Fish eggs come in many sizes and colors.  White fish eggs are 1/8" diameter and are transparent yellowish pink.  Eggs from spawning resident rainbows are usually 3/16" in diameter and are translucent yellowish orange.  Steelhead eggs are about 1/4" in diameter and exhibit the same coloration as their land locked cousins.  Coho salmon eggs are nearly identical to steelhead eggs.  Chinook salmon eggs are the same color but range to nearly 3/8" in diameter.  Chum salmon eggs are slightly larger but lighter in color.
All eggs change color as the embryo inside them develops.  Trout and salmon eggs go through a similar metamorphosis.  First the tiny eyes of the fish inside the egg forms a dark spot.  Then the darker reddish-orange yoke sack starts to form.  In later stages the silvery form of the fish is seen through the outer membrane of the egg.

If the egg is unfertilized it dies quickly and turns an opaque whitish-pink.  Silt collected on the outer skin of the egg can give it a grayish cast.  If the egg is allowed to drift long enough, it will be attacked by fungus and algae and become greenish.  Trout and steelhead may become selective to these different egg nuances.

Veiled Eggs, such as Michael Gorman Bead Head Eggs simulate freshly fertilized eggs with milt trailing off of them, or slime fungus covered dead eggs in the latter stages of decomposition. Some times salmonids have dietary tastes in common with vultures, but they are much prettier.

"Glo Bugs" have been proven as the fly fishers premier egg imitations from California to Alaska.  They are tied from a special high loft yarn.  This yarn is placed on top of a short hook, parallel to the shank and secured with several wraps of strong thread.  The yarn is compressed under the wraps of thread.  The two ends are pulled up tight and clipped close to the hook.  The resulting release of compression forms a spherical ball with all of the yarn fibers radiating from the hook.  When soaked in water, many colors become translucent. 

On the other hand healthy living fish eggs bare some contemplation. The author has eaten red caviar. It's pretty good stuff. Besides several million trout couldn't all be wrong. Click here for: How To Fish With Glo Bugs


Bead Head Egg, Gorman's

This veiled egg pattern was created by Oregon fishing guide, Michael Gorman, who has used it effectively on the Siletz, Rogue and Santiam Rivers. Steelhead, Sea Run Cutthroats and resident trout have all fallen for this pattern. Flies such as this have been used for many years on the Sandy River as well.

Here's what Michael says about his fly:
"Having owned a shop in Corvallis --- the Scarlet Ibis --- from 1981 through 2000, I needed to catch fish, and sell customers something a little different and effective.

I had good success on Glo Bugs,

so there was no doubt steelhead liked eggs.  So I started with my favorite color combinations for winter steelhead --- pink, with a hint of chartreuse green --- and added a bead and veil.  The veil adds a nice "glow" and makes the egg seem a little more perfectly round than the fly tier may have actually created.  Upon examining a skein of real eggs, the membrane holds some of the eggs together in a small cluster.  Depending on the color of the veil, you can get subtle color changes in the final color of the egg fly.  Sometimes this can be significant for picky fish, especially in heavily-fished locations.  Shades of pink and orange work best for me, but I know Great lakes anglers who like a chartreuse green model.
I use the fly all winter & spring for steelhead, and all spring for trout.  When the Chinook spawn in the fall, steelhead and trout can go bonkers for it."
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16354 Bead Head Egg, Gorman's Pink, Barbless 6 Reg. 3 for $7.50
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16355 Bead Head Egg, Gorman's Pink, Barbless 10 Reg. 3 for $7.50
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Chewy Egg Sherbet
Hairy, and furry like the Star Wars character,  chewy like a piece of  soft steelhead egg candy.  Steelhead, Trout and Dollies with teeth BEWARE.  Chewey’s Velcro properties will hang this fly in your mouth longer than a northern sunset.  Weighted on top the keep the fly deep, with out the point rubbing rocks.  “Bird Beak” hook point has excellent holding power when barbless.
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ST025PK Chewy Egg Sherbet 6 Reg. 3 for $7.50
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Glo Bug®, Alaskan Roe
In many Alaskan streams big rainbows get fat eating the roe of several species of Pacific salmon. We have never seen biological fish spawn the was this color of orange, but it's deadly just the same, especially when the water is in run-off. These flies are one color only.  The hooks are extra strong, beaked, black chrome and razor sharp. These Glo Bugs® are a product of The Bug Shop. They are the real thing, not cheap copies.
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GLO-BUG-AR Glo Bug, Alaskan Roe, SIZE 6 6 Reg. 3 for $6.75
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GLO-BUG-AR Glo Bug, Alaskan Roe, SIZE 10 10 Reg. 3 for $6.75
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Glo Bug®, Baby Pink
Glo Bugs evolved on Northern California steelhead rivers. Anglers in Alaska quickly adopted them.  They are made from a special high loft yarn that when tied to the hook with extreme pressure is trimmed to make a little ball. When wet the ball turns translucent and simulates an egg well enough to fool most egg eating fish.  This color simulates a dead egg, and is very effective at times, especially in the late winter & early spring . These flies are baby pink with a small bright orange dot.  The hooks are extra strong, beaked, black chrome and razor sharp. These Glo Bugs® are a product of The Bug Shop. They are the real thing, not cheap copies.
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GLO-BUG-BP Glo Bug, Baby Pink, SIZE 6 6 Reg. 3 for $6.75
NOW 3 for $4.62
GLO-BUG-BP Glo Bug, Baby Pink, SIZE 10 10 Reg. 3 for $6.75
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Glo Bug®, Golden Nugget
This is the most popular color that we sell.  It simulates a fresh egg and is easy for foraging fish to see. It is goldish, orangish, pinkish. These flies are Golden Nugget color with a small bright orange dot.  The hooks are extra strong, beaked, black chrome and razor sharp. These Glo Bugs® are a product of The Bug Shop. They are the real thing, not cheap copies.
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GLO-BUG-GN Glo Bug, Golden Nugget, SIZE 6 6 Reg. 3 for $6.75
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GLO-BUG-GN Glo Bug, Golden Nugget, SIZE 10 10 Reg. 3 for $6.75
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Glo Bug®, Oregon Cheese
This bug has a definite yellowish cast, which seems most productive when the water has a little color, but has been very productive when the water is gin clear as well. These flies are Oregon Cheese color with a small bright orange dot.  The hooks are extra strong, beaked, black chrome and razor sharp. These Glo Bugs® are a product of The Bug Shop. They are the real thing, not cheap copies.
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GLO-BUG-OC Glo Bug, Oregon Cheese, SIZE 6 6 Reg. 3 for $6.75
NOW 3 for $4.62
GLO-BUG-OC Glo Bug, Oregon Cheese, SIZE 10 10 Reg. 3 for $6.75
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Glo Bug®, Peachy King
Having a selection of Glo Bugs in different colors is an advantage.  We notice that when drifting the same stretch of river on consecutive days that the fish often have a preference for different colors of Bugs each day. These flies are Peachy King (light pinkish orange) with a small bright orange dot.  The hooks are extra strong, beaked, black chrome and razor sharp. These Glo Bugs® are a product of The Bug Shop. They are the real thing, not cheap copies.
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GLO-BUG-PK Glo Bug, Peachy King, SIZE 6 6 Reg. 3 for $6.75
NOW 3 for $4.62
GLO-BUG-PK Glo Bug, Peachy King, SIZE 10 10 Reg. $6.75
NOW 3 for $4.62

Glo Bug®, Steelhead Orange
There must be a reason they call it steelhead orange...? These flies are Steelhead Orange color with a small bright orange dot.  The hooks are extra strong, beaked, black chrome and razor sharp. These Glo Bugs® are a product of The Bug Shop. They are the real thing, not cheap copies.
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GLO-BUG-SO Glo Bug, Steelhead Orange, SIZE 6 6 Reg. 3 for $6.75
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GLO-BUG-SO Glo Bug, Steelhead Orange, SIZE 10 10 Reg. 3 for $6.75
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Thunder Egg, Orange
Ken Morrish's Thunder Egg series was originally tied to catch steelhead in the Rogue River basin in Southern Oregon. Thunder Eggs are constructed around heavy lead-eyes, and are designed to be fished in tandem with other unweighted egg patterns. They act as sinkers in fly fishing-only rivers where external weight is banned. You will be surprised to find how many trout and steelhead actually pass up your more realistic offering to grab the Thunder Egg.
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SIG0065 Thunder Egg, Orange, SIZE 6 6 Reg. $6.75
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Thunder Egg, Bright Pink
This is an even more garish version of the Thunder Egg. No fish in our rivers spawn eggs that look anything like this bright fluorescent pink ball of sparkle chenille, but fish often eat them anyway, and to make things even more perplexing these bright flies seem to attract more fish to you realistic egg patterns. It is one of those mysteries like seeing trout trying to eat your floating bright colored strike indicator.
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SIG0063 Thunder Egg, Bright Pink, SIZE 6 6 Reg. $6.75
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How To Fish With Egg Flies
Fall, winter, and spring are the seasons for egg drift in the Pacific Northwest, spring, summer, fall for Alaska. Opportunities abound for larger fish if you are willing to use egg flies. In many rain-forest rivers, fish eggs can be the prevalent hatch. Much of that fishing can be sight fishing if you are equipped with a good pair of polarized glasses. In rivers, which empty into deep reservoirs, such as Oregon's Metolius, Kokanee Salmon spawning runs can produce massive drifts of eggs and spring creek trout feeding ravenously on them in water that is so clear you can see trout inhale your glo bug, and often eject it quicker than you can strike to set the hook. This is a good class room for the neophyte angler. Other trout will often run away from egg patterns that are moving down a river unnaturally. A long rod such as the Echo Shadow II is perfect for egg fishing as the extra length helps eliminate drag caused by the pull of your line or leader against the current.
In many "Fly Fishing Only" streams the use of external weight, such as split-shot is not allowed. However, weighted flies are allowed in most cases (check the regulations for each river). Add a weighted fly in place of other weight. To be most effective, your egg fly must drift very close to the bottom. Therefore the distance between our weighted fly and your egg patter must be very close.
To get the best drag-free drift, you must keep most of your line off the water. The leader must be tuned to provide th least amount of friction in the water. Normal leaders used for dry fly fishing, aren't usually optimal for fishing nymphs or egg flies. It is usually better to use a short butt section attached to a long leader made from 3X or 4X. These thin leaders will help reduce drag.
Sneaky, quiet wading, plus short accurate casts, and covering the water very systematically pays off when fishing nymphs, eggs, or worms. I like to pretend that there is an architects grid with one foot squares covering the bottom of the river. Starting as close to myself as possible, I like to be sure to drift my flies through every square that I can reach. The trick is to present your fly as close to each fish as possible. The most systematic coverage usually produces the most hook-ups. Making each presentation perfectly drag-free is essential to catch fish that have been pressured by fishermen. Educated trout are very suspicious of any fly that doesn't behave naturally.
Being organized enables you to find your tackle and keep it from getting damaged.
 

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