But, there's good reason for their excitement: they work. Both spring steelhead and brown trout will feed on these easy meals. © 2020 Current Works, LLC — All rights reserved. We have also begun to use Alaska style beads as egg imitations. Beginning as early as September, steelhead, coho salmon, chinook salmon, and brown trout beginning running up nearly all the tributaries of Lake Ontario; the biggest difference is in the numbers of fish and durations of the spawning runs. All of this fly design does not mean much unless the fly is properly presented. Fishing the Mckenzie, which is one of the clearest rivers in Oregon, I could see the steelhead go out of their way to grab it. Here’s how to fly fish egg flies and some of our favorite egg fly patterns for winter trout or fall steelhead. Some days egg patterns can’t be beat but we’ve been tying and using these small streamers for years and I’ve probably caught 70-80% of my steelhead on 18 Mile, Canadaway and Little Brother on these easy-to-tie flies. When it comes to a food sources for ​steelhead, eggs seem to have one of the strongest food attractions as anything you can find in the wild. Hook - Raven Sz10 Octopus Bead - 1/8 GoldThread - GSP 50DTail - Krystal Flash Root BeerBody/Yarn - Mcfly Foam FL Peach I don't get excited about fishing egg patterns like some fishermen do. The successful angler is often fishing with an egg pattern best imitating the natural egg – its color and shape in addition to how it relates to water conditions. See more ideas about fly fishing, steelhead flies, fly tying. On Steelhead Alley, a good stonefly can out-fish an egg pattern in cold water, according to Weixlmann. Even when spawning activity has wound down and eggs are no longer readily available, trout will still respond to a well-presented egg fly, the memory remains. no one goes to alaska without a few egg patterns Dasia Korzybski (Woodbridge) Said: Dfishinfool guide is located in northeast ohio licensed to guide trips in pennsylvania, lake erie steelhead, fly fishing all areas of steelhead alley, guided fishing If you fish for steelhead, browns, salmon or trout, you MUST have Knotty Eggs in your box. Pink Nuke Egg, Size #8-#14 a Proven Pattern for Steelhead. The idea of the veil around the egg pattern is to cause the fishes’ teeth to temporarily hang up in it. Lake Ontario Outdoors is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. The best flies I ever used weren't flies. We can still easily predict when we will see a good egg bite. Now, over 30 years later, they’re still easy and fun to tie, and work remarkably well. I've added timestamps to patterns if you want to skip ahead. This is not without warrant. Deadly on both steelhead and trout. This is a simplified version of John Barr's jumbo John fly pattern I've recently tied for a clien. In these situations, fishing an egg imitation will almost invariably out fish any other method available. Y2K's, glow bugs, sucker spawn and nuke eggs are just a few of the variations out there. Want to know what a real salmon egg looks like? However, during active spawning, any locations where there are cuts in the river bottom and the current is concentrated this will also concentrate stray eggs. As water becomes more murky, the brighter the pattern one can get away with. Very simply, locate actively spawning fish, down river where the current is being compressed forming a cut in the river bottom. Experience True Fly Shop Quality Flies On Your Next Fly Fishing Trip! Another overlooked fly for these tribs is the baby rainbow streamer (size 8). Obviously how flashy you would like a fly or subtle an egg pattern is, will depend on fishing conditions. This is why the water downstream of  the salmon tend to be best for anglers looking for steelhead and having a box filled with egg flies will keep you prepared. These two fly patterns have proved effective in our forays on Oregon and Washington waters fishing salmon and steelhead. The pattern is an adaptation of a Great Lakes steelhead pattern called the Sucker Spawn. Though it can work well in a variety of conditions, I've had a lot of success with this pattern on the Ontario tribs during dark and cloudy conditions. Egg Sucking Leech Recipe: We think of eggs drifting through the water column similar to the way aquatic insects, nymph do. A dirty water box and a clear water box helps to keep it organized. For many of us, these are first flies we used when we first started fishing the tributaries. Nature has designed eggs to be denser than water. Box of Eggs in Various Color Combinations. Crystal Egg 1:37 McFly Foam Egg 5:33 Bloodspot McFly Foam Egg 12:20 Micro Chenille Egg 17:00 Thunder Egg 21:55 Bead Head Estaz Egg 28:47 Eggstacy Egg 32:42 Crystal Sucker Spawn 39:47 Estaztacy 47:56 Nuke Estaz 54:47 Jake's Estaz Egg Plus 59:55 Highly visible pattern even under high water conditions. In this case, the eggs are often fresh, having a more realistic color to them. The boys from Spud Valley put their heads together this morning to cover a few bases when it comes to Steelhead. The Tungsten Embryo has caught everything from Steelhead to Bull Trout to Alaskan Rainbows, dollies, and grayling. It can also be dead drifted, swung or slowly stripped." Water conditions will play more of a role in what type of egg patterns to fish. Salmon Fry are an important food source to be aware of during the Spring. Not catching tout? The more natural looking smaller egg patterns will be far more effective in these conditions. The most productive flies are egg patterns. As such, anglers should have an arsenal of egg flies on deck and ready throughout the season in order to capitalize on what the trout like best! But with time, understanding, and some luck, I have learned that this multi-color configuration and approach can be significant to my success fishing for steelhead right here in Michigan. Fall Run Egg Fly Patterns for Steelhead and Salmon. Sizes: 2, 4, 6 only. Prev 1 2 Next . This way the eggs will stay for the most part, where the fish deposit them in the river bottom. As you can imagine, with all the attention and fisherman using egg patterns, there is a large variety of patterns, ranging from very complex to the very simple and basic. Any steelhead shop worth a lick will carry a variety of patterns that feature wispy strands of longer fibers veiling the egg. Proceed. After being in the water – free drifting or trapped in a selected gravel bed – eggs become less colorful, a bit translucent and eventually opaque. Some think curious steelhead follow the salmon as they run up the river to spawn, others hypothesize that they are genetically programmed to enter rivers at that time of year. Several different egg imitations and sizes are available for fly anglers to fish with. drifting debris. With increased angling pressure, water conditions, as well as factors only known by the steelhead themselves, they often become selective on size and color. Patterns like sucker spawn in pale yellow imitate that of both suckers and walleye, where the natural characteristics of Nuke Eggs and Glo Bugs in various colors and hues can be identical to those of natural steelhead eggs drifting down the river. The largest numbers of fish are in the river sometime in March and April depending on water levels and temperatures. to other egg patterns. Catching trout? Egg fly patterns are to alaska fly fishing what the adams dry fly is to the rest of the continent – must have! when a smaller pattern could easily be lost in all of the This is a great Steelhead Pattern for BC Rivers and Streams. This is not without warrant. As a result, millions of eggs drift down the river becoming a significant food source for all fish in the river, notably steelhead. Eggs are everywhere in the flow, the smell and taste adding to the excitement and urgency of the moment. The Fry and Eggs Pattern imitates this part of the Salmon Life cycle. Even when the fishing gets tough, we can often depend on egg flies to save the day. It’s the first true steelhead pattern I ever tied and, if memory serves, that was in the early 80’s. Different areas or rivers have more of one type of insect over another, however, if you are just starting, there are some tried and true patterns that you need to have in your box: It's a simple fact. It does not matter if these fish are actively spawning or not. Line it up two sizes lighter than the rod weight because it’s essential to get your fly to the bottom where the steelhead will be. It is an egg pattern with a tungsten bead embedded in the center to add the weight necessary to get the egg near the stream bottom where it belongs. It’s a good idea to run this egg pattern in a large size when the water is full of leaves Tom's Knotty Egg is a proven, one-of-a-kind egg pattern that makes other fisherman wonder, "What is that guy using?!" Having egg patterns in various sizes, colors and shapes and learning when to use them and why can be the difference between catching steelhead on a consistent basis and catching a steelhead. But those times of the spring when the absence of rains and thaws leave the water with good clarity, size and color becomes significant. Egg patterns are a staple in my fly fishing and guiding. A good fly box will contain several different egg patterns, stone fly nymphs and several different types of steelhead nymph patterns. When fishing egg patterns keep in mind the type of water you are fishing in. Simple sounding concept, but, the trick is to find these prime feeding spots. The Nuke Egg is tied with a thin yarn veil around it that imitates the goo that typically holds eggs together, and this subtle veil seems to draw more strikes than your average egg. Just the opposite is true when fishing in low clear water or fishing pressure is heavy. Not to mention just about every other salmonid species in the western US. I prefer to keep egg fly patterns simple, because, fished correctly, right along the bottom, we have a tendency to go through quite a few flies. This way they can feed more efficiently. “When water temps drop, if you’re nymphing, you’re going to catch more fish,” he said. The reason for this, when a trout takes an object into its mouth and instantly decide this is not what it want and reject that object instantly. When fishing for steelhead in the fall directly behind spawning salmon – color and size becomes more important and is where “matching the hatch” is key. When spawning salmon are in a river dropping eggs, other fish are eating them. The Rag Style Clown Egg is a deadly fly for Manistee River steelhead fishing. Beads closely imitate a salmon egg, and their profile can offer a big time advantage when jigs just won’t cut it. Keeping notes in a journal can help keep track of what can easily be forgotten between seasons and a few beers. This is not the case; an egg drift is more like an egg roll. Feb 15, 2019 - Explore Ray Travis's board "Egg Patterns", followed by 340 people on Pinterest. These flies will be tied with egg yarn in natural looking colors. You can purchase our UV enhanced fishing yarn by clicking on the image below. ​Egg patterns can also be very simple and basic, tied with basic egg yarn. There are times when egg flies are the most productive fly patterns on the rivers. Spring water conditions are often found to have a stain or be quite high and dirty. 5 killer patterns for all-around steelheading: Egg-Sucking Leech, Glo Bug, Max Canyon, Purple Burlesque, and Kaufmann’s Stone. So keep this in mind when you are trying to decide what to fish. The Nuke can be tied as an attractor or natural imitator depending on size and color. Our Egg Fly Patterns For Steelhead Are Tied on Gamakatsu, Tiemco or Daiichi Hooks, By The Worlds Finest Fly Tier's. Steelhead Eggs. There are many theories as to “Why do steelhead enter our rivers in the fall?”, but there is no clear, general accepted theory. Steelhead eat egg patterns all season long, so it pays to have various colors and sizes in your bag. Jumbo John Variant. Learn your favorite river, the spawning times of the various species, and what works in particular conditions and key in on what steelhead are eating. We are trying to imitate a very basic food source. The most productive flies are egg patterns. That is, the egg does more rolling or bouncing along the bottom than drifting just off the bottom. When I want to try something other than a Steelhead Jig, these are a few of my favorites. Regardless of when you fish steelhead and what egg you are trying to imitate, know that the eggs themselves change. Orange Jelly Roe. Video. For many of us, these are first flies we used when we first started fishing the tributaries. I saw my first clown egg while fishing steelhead in Alaska in the mid-1990s and thought it was a joke – it was about the size of a quarter and included more colors than a small package of Crayola crayons. You will find feeding trout. This quick tie is set up with a stinger hook, so you can also swing this pattern. The same holds true in the spring when imitating natural steelhead eggs. Worthy attractor colors are Chartreuse over Flame, or Flame over Cerise. When tying and designing new egg flies, I always incorporate a light veil over the pattern with some sort of egg yarn. ​Why are egg patterns so effective? The advantage of the Nuke Egg is its exacting nature to imitate the natural eggs drifting down the river. For fly fishing, use a good quality 9- to 10-foot, 6- or 7-weight rod with a matching reel. And in the winter I use lots of egg-sucking leeches, bunny leeches, and bright egg patterns like the Sucker Spawn. Giving us a chance to realize the fish has taken the fly and it’s time to set the hook. Lots of egg patterns tied on the live stream. Experience. Steelhead in the Great Lakes perform their annual spawning each year during the spring. Egg patterns are synonymous with steelheading. As much fun as throwing a steelhead lure is, fishing with either real eggs, steelhead beads or an egg fly pattern is so much more productive as you can be almost 100% positive that the steelers are definietly feeds on what you have put in front of them. A well stocked fly box for trout fishing is important to success and it’s no different for steelhead. The Steelhead Jig has historically been the most popular choice for float fishing, but there are many great alternatives. Most anyone fishing steelhead in Michigan recognizes the Nuke Egg as an effective pattern that is an improvement over the original GloBug. Fishing and having certain successes or failures can help you define color combos for particular times. These egg flies are tied with flashing material such as Estevez and glow chenille. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. When the water is running high with some color in it, the more colorful, flashy and slightly larger flies will be more effective. This will play a big role in your success. 1. Some of these color combinations include: Egg over Sockeye, Pink Lady over Shrimp Pink, Apricot Supreme over Steelhead Orange, Salmon Egg over Chartreuse or Nuke Egg everyone’s favorite – spring or fall: Oregon Cheese over Steelhead Orange. Here is my most productive steelhead streamer this season that has caught over 2 dozen fish in just a few outings! ​Just like steelhead, trout and salmon will readily respond to eggs that are freely drifting. While these might be partially or absolutely correct, I prescribe to the theory that fall weather and wind conditions bring steelhead close to river mouths, and the scent of pheromones and millions of salmon eggs drifting down the river triggers them to follow a gravy train of protein. Stocked trout are suckers for them, but even wild trout will gladly snack on them if you correctly put it in front of them most of the year. This type of tying material does not have a lot of flash in it. Having egg patterns in various sizes, colors and shapes and learning when to use them and why can be the difference between catching steelhead on a consistent basis and catching a steelhead. Video tutorial on how to make micro egg patterns. These feeding spots can be anywhere. Egg flies have been used for decades not only because they are easy to tie or inexpensive to buy, but more importantly because they are effective. I offer a “new” pattern, the Ham ’n Eggs, that is the ultimate guide fly – it is simple and quick to tie, uses three or less materials, and catches fish – Oh does it catch fish, especially rainbows. The Nuke Egg or Nuclear Egg is an oldie but a goodie. Nymphing becomes more and more popular every year for steelhead, which ignites the old argument whether or not steelhead eat once they enter the river. The How-To tying videos in this piece are brought to you by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. When I lost my last egg pattern I found a small red bead in my bag and put it on. Imitating the specific natural insects fish key in on is important to the success of the trout angler however this same approach should be used by steelhead anglers looking to imitate their prey’s primary food source – eggs. An attractor pattern useful when you need to cover a lot of water. In streams that have natural reproduction, it seems counterintuitive to allow anglers to pursue steelhead in the act of spawning while wading on eggs barely covered with gravel. When fishing rivers that have a respectable trout population, use their selectiveness as an indication of the right color and size. During this time period, the river is also used by walleyes, resident rainbow trout, suckers and carp (typically in that order with steelhead spawning the same time as rainbow trout) as their spawning area. Excellent late season flesh/egg pattern. Feeding trout will be located where the food is most concentrated. Good for rainbow, steelhead, char, silver, king, and sockeye salmon. Egg fly patterns for steelhead are ​likely the most popular fly pattern for fishing the Great lakes tributaries. Fishing conditions on the tributaries can and do change very quickly. One of its key attributes is the veil or shroud of yarn that covers the nucleus of the pattern giving it a natural, transparent look when wet. Obviously, the trick here is to imitate this egg drift – rolling along the bottom. Egg fly patterns for steelhead are likely the most popular fly pattern for fishing the Great lakes tributaries. This article’s goal is to provide you with a better understanding of what egg to use and when. With this in mind, I like fishing for fall steelhead, the majority of the time with two egg flies; one larger, brighter pattern as an attractor and a second, smaller, more realistic pattern imitating what is coming down the river. Video. For a hook, a Dai-Riki #135 in size 8 or 10 is an excellent choice. "The egg sucking leech combines an egg pattern and streamer on a single hook for another versatile steelhead fly. Of course it’s not guaranteed, but put others’ experience in your corner to optimize your steelhead fishing and hopefully a well-earned steelhead into your net. This egg bite will last for a few days to a week after water flows stabilize. When it comes to trout, they will key in on eggs faster than any other food source. The river offers opportunities to fish for two strains of steelhead: the Washington and the Skamania strains. When this is the case, I have found patterns larger than naturals to be the most effective. Change your egg pattern. Since egg patterns are easy to tie and we use in expensive materials, it is always a good idea to carry a large selection and supply of flies. Most of the time this veil is lighter in color than the egg itself, and it’s designed to mimic a piece of the membrane that encases natural salmon and steelhead eggs. Super easy to tie roe/glo bug pattern. For rainbows, I … A: Dai Riki trash forget that crap you should use a TMC 2457 this is a rock solid steelhead egg patterns hook as is the Gamakatsu C14S Glo Bug System hook but you will find that the TMC fly hooks look much nicer and take a bead nicely although you will probably need to pinch the barb and tungsten beads are a plus and yes I know the TMC 2457 is supposed to be replaceable by the Dai Riki … Copyright text 2019 by Lake Ontario Outdoors. Often the top positioned fly is a multicolored pattern like a Clown or two-colored Rag Egg if not a Nuke Egg. Depending on the timing of your fishing trip in relation to the “egg drop”, color plays a large factor and there are two ways to determine what is ideal: 1. Weighted. We need to slow down the speed of the drift; an egg drift is considerably slower. The Nuke Egg Look on the ground at access sites or near fish cleaning stations to match your egg patterns – its not that much different than catching a mayfly out of the air and matching it to a fly in your box when trout fishing. Steelhead Stalkers UV Yarn. There are times when egg flies are the most productive fly patterns on the rivers. Learn how to tie 4 different egg patterns – go to the Fly Tying page and select the pattern you want to tie. Every time the river has a water flow increase, these waterfalls will dislodge stray eggs and send them adrift, creating a feeding opportunity, an egg bite. The egg pattern at this point is as natural as it gets. In this piece, we will highlight 5 effective fly patterns for great lakes steelhead, the materials needed, and step by step instructions on how to tie these killer flies. It is available for sale at Orvis or if you like to tie your own check out the step-by-step video on our Youtube page. Series 5263 nymph hook. Lots of egg patterns tied on the live stream. Egg patterns like Rags, Nukes and Glo Bugs tied in various colors and almost as big as a dime, I think, do a better job of grabbing a fish’s attention rather than imitate the food source. 2. The two best steelhead books to get you started:A Passion for Steelhead by Dec Hogan, and Steelhead Fly Fishing by Trey Combs. Even though egg patterns are relatively simple patterns to tie, there is wide range of flavors and styles of patterns. Egg patterns are often tied with various colors of yarn and Estaz, glow chenille, and other basic fly tying materials. 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