Egg Flies

 Egg flies, fish eggs are essential trout foods in most rivers - $50 orders ship free in USA.

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Millions of salmon spawn in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Alaska and the Great Lakes Region.  These eggs become the food for many species of game fish. 
Egg flies are very important for catching fish on many rivers. 

Bead Head Egg, Gorman's Glo BugsŪ Golden Nugget
Chewy Egg Sherbet Glo BugsŪ Oregon Cheese
Glo BugsŪ Alaskan Roe Glo BugsŪ Peachy King
Glo BugsŪ Baby Pink Glo BugsŪ Steelhead Orange
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 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.

  Hot Glue Eggs are formed by applying colored hot glue to the hook shank and turning the hook to form a bead.  A marabou tail is added to make the fly legal as a fly.  The tail can be easily removed. 

 

 "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. 

Veiled Eggs simulate 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.

On the other hand healthy living fish eggs bare come contemplation. The author has eaten red caviar. It's pretty good stuff. Besides several million trout couldn't all be wrong.


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 3 for $6.75
16355 Bead Head Egg, Gorman's Pink, Barbless 10 3 for $6.75

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 3 for $7.49


Glo BugsŪ Alaskn 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 BugsŪ 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 6 6 for $6.95
GLO-BUG-AR Glo Bug, Alaskan Roe 10 6 for $6.95

Glo BugsŪ 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 BugsŪ 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 6 6 for $6.95
GLO-BUG-BP Glo Bug, Baby Pink 10 6 for $6.95

Glo BugsŪ 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 BugsŪ 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 6 6 for $6.95
GLO-BUG-GN Glo Bug, Golden Nugget 10 6 for $6.95

Glo BugsŪ 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 BugsŪ 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 6 6 for $6.95
GLO-BUG-OC Glo Bug, Oregon Cheese 6 6 for $6.95

Glo BugsŪ 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 BugsŪ 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 6 6 for $6.95
GLO-BUG-PK Glo Bug, Peachy King 10 6 for $6.95

Glo BugsŪ 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 BugsŪ 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 6 6 for $6.95
GLO-BUG-SO Glo Bug, Steelhead Orange 10 6 for $6.95

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