Daiichi 2450 #10
Gudebrod GX2
McFly Foam
A simple and very effective pattern for Trout, Steelhead, and Salmon. If you took a survey of patterns used for anadromous species this fly would rank either at the top or within the top 3. It can be tied in a variety of colors and using a variety of materials. Use whenever there are spawning fish in the system. Can be used successfully all year.

Step By Step:
Start by wrapping a very secure thread base, ending in the center of the hook shank.
Cut a one inch piece of material and place lengthwise on hook shank.
While holding the material around the shank, tie two loose wraps, on the third tighten up and snug down. A couple more wraps will finish it off. Thread wraps should only be in the center, and on top of each other.
Pull material back, a couple more thread wraps, then whip finish head. Cement if you'd like.
Time to test out your thread wraps... Pull material up tightly. Notice the bending of the hook.
While holding material up, cut to size. Closer to the hook, smaller fly, further away, larger fly.
It should come out like this. Trim if needed.

Additional Tips/Photos:
  • McFly Foam works the best for perfectly round eggs. It's got enough stretch that when you cut it, it will generally spring back round.
  • When you first start tying eggs, cut your pieces longer than necessary. It makes it easier to pull them and trim. As you get better, go shorter.
  • Amount of yarn or foam will vary with type used.
  • If you keep getting longer ends after cutting, twist the material while pulling up, then cut.
  • For a "blood dot" or embryo, add a small piece (same length) of contrasting colored yarn or foam in when you place the material on the hook, or you can cheat and use a permanent magic marker!
Tied By: Eric Zadorecky.