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burns 11-15-2007 01:07 PM

Glo bugs / egg flies
Do many of you folks use glo bugs / egg flies as a prospecting fly? In my case, this would be for use in stocked trout water in northern Delaware / Southeast Pennsylvania.

BigCliff 11-16-2007 08:18 AM

Re: Glo bugs / egg flies
I haven't fished any recently, but wanted to throw out a cool trick to make tying them neater.

Basically, but instead of using a 1-4 short pieces of yarn, start out using a piece of yarn about 8-12" long. Use one end of it on top of the hook shank, throw on a couple of wraps, and then spin it around to the bottom of the hook shank with a firm tug. Now really secure it. Now tie the other end of the long piece of yarn to the top securely. (You should have a loop of yarn off to the side away from the eye of the hook.)

To trim, grab the yarn attached to the top of the shank, pull up firmly, and make a cut with your scissors horizontal about 1/4" above the shank. Repeat on the bottom. Throw away the short piece, and repeat the process with 7.5"-11.5" of yarn you've got left.

I think you'll find this makes tying glo-bugs faster and neater. (Kudos to Bruce Young of Tackle Box Outfitters in San Antonio for the tip!)

fatguide 11-16-2007 11:31 AM

Re: Glo bugs / egg flies

one other trick you can do when fishing for stockers...................
tie your egg fly in dark brown, trim a little closer to the hook shank.........the Purina Suprima (imatates trout chow). Local fly tier and legend John Faust came up with this for stocked ponds.

Just a side note about John, the big fish in "A River Runs Through It" wasn't a fish at all. It was a fish John made that ran on an underwater track. He named him Fernando. After the movie came out John was asked by the Smithsonian if they could put Fernando on display. John's wife Elna said John spent hours in the bath tub getting Fernando "just right". Now you know.............

burns 11-19-2007 07:11 AM

Re: Glo bugs / egg flies
Interesting. Thanks for the tips, gents.

fatguide, I like the "Fernando" story in your signature - I always wondered about that fish.

Do you guys think that glo bugs (aside from the brown ones) are good searching patterns in general. Are eggs like that in most streams around the country?

Frank Whiton 11-19-2007 06:55 PM

Re: Glo bugs / egg flies
Hi burns,

I fished a lot of egg patterns in Alaska but not so in the lower 48. Egg fishing, in my experience, is a very specialized type of fishing. In Alaska eggs are only fished when the Salmon are in the river and spawning. Other times they are seldom used. They work because the fish are focused on eating the millions of eggs in the river. If you are fishing the only egg in the river I don't think it will be a good searching fly.

In your area where you are fishing for stocked trout with the brown egg?? it may work. I think in this case the stocked fish is eating it because it looks like a food pellet and not because the fish thinks it is an egg. I doubt that a stocked fish even knows what an egg is. So again, I don't think an egg pattern would be a good searching pattern. Now if you are fishing where there are Salmon or Steelhead spawning then an egg pattern may be a good choice. Why don't you experiment and let us know how it works out for you.


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