Tag Archives: Salmon Fly

Matt’s Egg tied by Matthew Pate

Matt’s Egg is a fresh look at the classic Glo-bug fly pattern that has been a staple for anglers targeting salmon trout and steelhead in the migrational river systems over the world. I’ve likely tied 10,000 or more egg flies of differing pedigrees for clients in the past year. Reason being is that they are quick to tie, and they catch a lot of fish. The majority of these eggs are destined to be fished in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario for both the spring steelhead run and the fall salmon / steelhead runs, but the need for egg flies exists everywhere.

Matt’s Egg takes a different approach from the slam bam approach of the 30 second glo-bug . One problem with the go-bugs I’ve seen in fly shops is that they don’t hold up well in the water, and if they are not tied with densely packed material, they lose their shape in the water and tend to look like a cube of cheese. Matt’s Egg generates and nicer shape and a dense soft fly which looks like it should hold shape better. It should be noted that the more dense the egg, the slower it is to sink, so the 3.2mm brass bead is a welcome addition to the fly and should balance out the sink rate.

Matt’s Egg Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Grub hook (or suitable egg hook) #6-#12
Bead: 3.2mm brass bead hot orange
Thread: 6/0 white or match yarn color
Body: Peach or yellow egg yarn

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Temple Dog – Hakan Norling

The original templedog tied up by Mr. Templedog himself, Hakan Norling. There are hundreds of tube patterns now spawned from this template and can be found in many colors. One important step to note while tying templedog style patterns is to tie the wing forward and bend it back in place. Be careful not to wrap on the hair after it is folded back, but rather at the base of the hair so that it flairs and produces a large voluminous profile. Enjoy.

Tube: standard 3mm tube cut to size
Thread: Black thread
Tag: Gold oval tinsel
Tail: Hot Orange fluoro fiber
Body: Flat gold tinsel / silver ice dub
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Weight: Lead tape for balance
Hackle: Hot orange hackle
Wing 1: Sunburst flashabou, Brown fox or templedog hair
Collar 1: Black soft hackle
Wing 2: Brown fox or templedog hair and angelhair
Collar 2: Black soft hackle
Flash: flashabou tied on sides
Wing 3: Black fox or templedog hair
Eyes: Jungle cock

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Black and Silver Red Butt

I’ve been tying hundreds of these tubes over the past few months and so I’ve also been watching lots of Scandinavian tube fly videos. Here is a nice simple pattern with just one wing. Lots of the ones I’ve been tying have 2-3 wings, tags, tails, multiple collars, discs…. This one is nice and simple. it does take some time to become familiar with some of the finer points in tying this style of fly. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tobbe Hedin late last year to discuss some of the details and get some of the “secrets” of tying this style. Schlappen, and hen hackle work quite well where hackles are often too stiff for collars. For the hair, it can be tough to source stuff long enough, but I’ve had great success from Foxy Tails in the UK. It may seem a bit pricey, but the hairs are long, and each pack has a rather generous amount. If you don’t object to using dog hair, templedog is a nice material to work with, but I do like the courser texture of the fox.

Tube: tube
Thread: thread
Tag: Red floss
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Body: 1/2 flat holographic silver tinsel , 1/2 silver dubbing
Collar: black schlappen
Wing: long fox, templedog or goat
Collar: Teal flank
Eyes: Jungle cock
Head: turbo disc

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