Friday Roundup: Steelhead Breakfast – Bacon and Eggs

bacon-and-eggsI’m more of a streamer guy myself, but that’s not to say that the egg patterns don’t work for steelhead.  So we thought since we paid such close attention to the easier to tie streamer patterns, that maybe we should give the eggs some limelight in this week’s roundup.

First up, the basic egg.  Now, for the sake of learning, I suggest you take time to learn how to make your own eggs from glow yarn like the video below.  It’ll teach you some nice skills that will come in handy later.  However, I’d be lying if I said I’ve tied using this method after the first few flies.  I find its WAY easier to just use craft pom poms you get at the store.  No trimming or anything like that.  Just throw down a thread base and whip finish.  Slop on some glue and feed the pom pom onto the hook and over the thread base.  Done.  However, make sure to get the 5mm pom poms, as that’s the average size of a steelhead egg.  Now if you’re someplace other than the great lakes, you can go a little bigger to match species like salmon and char.

In our local waters, the sucker fish will spawn around the same time as the spring steelhead run, so you’ll find that the sucker spawn fly can really solicit some hungry steelhead.

If I do use an egg, I will almost always use a crystal spawn, the white version being referred to as crystal meth.  It’s essentially the same procedure as creating a sucker spawn except without the tail and instead of yarn, you use diamond braid (also referred to as pearl braid) in varying colors.  White works well, but chartreuse and orange work especially well in our local rivers.  This particular gentleman is tying the white version, but he uses two strands of braid while I tend to use three.  I’d say that’s something up to personal preference.

The “Bacon” in our title brings us to our last fly, the Eggi Juan Kenobi.  A variation of the San Juan worm that has egg as its final meal.  Kinda looks like bacon, right?  OK, maybe we were reaching on that one.

Now I’ve never done this myself, but there are some locally who have been using the Alaskan style trout beads in our local steelhead waters with success.  Andy found this article talking about the technique and its merits.

Have fun and go catch some steelies.

– Gabe

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