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.
Glo Bugs, 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.
Glo Bugs, 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.
Glo Bugs, 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.
Glo Bugs, 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.
Glo Bugs, 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.
Glo Bugs, 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.