This at least solves one mystery for me. Why did Montana fly Co. call those soft eggs “Otter’s Soft Milking Eggs“? It’s because of this guy, Walt “Otter” Mueller. This is a nice somewhat complex egg pattern. You might have missed how the red bead got inside the egg, but it’s just slid into the egg before you slip it onto the hook. The result is a realistic looking egg and another quick tie.
I’m not impressed everyday by someone tying a glo-bug, but this really is impressive. I’ve only ever tied a small handfull myself, but I have loads of yarn and you can bet I’ll be burning up some hooks trying this out.
Here is a fly I have used with some great results in the Great Lakes tribs. It’s relatively simple, but I should mention that it does deviate from the original Orvis pattern. Lets just say I’m not about to start braiding a fly I’m likely to lose in under 10 minutes. I’ve been known to hook up with plenty of tree fish.
That being said, I liked the look of the pattern and decided to make a few of my own mods to it. I changed the woven body to a straight black floss body and added a holographic rib. I also took out the shell back off the head. Basically it is now an egg pattern, and I tie it in 7 different colors. Blue, Orange, Red, Chartreuse, Hot Pink, Purple and a Glow Pink.
I did up a up a step by step tutorial on
Flyangler.ca a while back if you are interested in tying up a few. It’s more or less my go-to egg pattern for the winter Steelhead. Here is the recipe.
Steelhead Hammer Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C49S or other Scud Hook
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Fire Orange
Tail: Purple Schlappen
Ribbing: Silver Holographic Mylar Tinsel 1/64
Body: Black Super-Stretch Floss
Thorax: Purple Crystal Chenille
Head: Fire Orange Thread
**UPDATE** – the step by step has been moved to the Daily Fly Tyer