The Best Egg Fly Patterns for Great Lakes and West Coast Steelhead
Whether you are fishing the Great Lakes Steelhead Alley or the Pacific Northwest fisheries, egg and spawn fly patterns are among the most effective steelhead fly patterns. They have saved the day more than once when working over picky or sullen steelhead and salmon. They can be fished alone but are often used as a dropper fly below a bead head nymph pattern or even below a woolly bugger or streamer. Egg patterns are easy to tie and relatively inexpensive to buy, and since an egg pattern fished properly is always snagging the river bottom, it is a good idea to have plenty in your box! You should try several of the new variations in style, weight and color to find ones you feel confident using. The original Glo-Bug types work great, but a lot of the newer egg and spawn patterns have added egg sac, bead and hour glass weights, and use different materials to simulate the natural eggs that are an important food to many species.
Here is a list of a few of our most popular and productive egg and spawn flies:
Anvil Egg Fly: A heavy bead inside an egg sack of egg yarn - gets down deep!