Eggs from spawning fish are essential trout foods in most rivers. How To Fish With Egg Flies


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Bead Head Egg Gorman Bead Head Egg Gorman
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Bead Head Egg, Gorman'sThis 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...

Chewy Egg Sherbert Chewy Egg Sherbert
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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 to keep the fly deep, without the point rubbing rocks. ?Bird beak? hook point has excellent holding power when barbless.

Glo Bug Glo Bug
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These Glo BugsĀ®, are a product of The Bug Shop. They are the real thing, not cheap copies. 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....

Thunder Egg Thunder Egg
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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.The bright pink version is an even more...

How To Fish With Egg Flies

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 downstream 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.

Fall, winter, and spring are the seasons for egg drift in the Pacific Northwest; spring, summer, and fall for Alaska. Opportunities abound for larger fish if you are willing to use egg flies. In many rainforest 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. Spring creek trout feed 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 classroom 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 Oregon "Fly Fishing Only" streams, the use of external weight such as split-shot is now allowed (since 2016). However, weighted flies may be an even better option. To be most effective, your egg fly must drift very close to the bottom. Therefore, the distance between your weighted fly or split shot, and your egg pattern 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 the least amount of friction in the water. Normal leaders used for dry fly fishing aren't 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 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.