Steelhead Nymphs

junebug41

Junior Dave Monti fan
#31
http://www.umpqua.com/pc-709-37-bead-head-egg-gormans-barbless.aspx

Also referred to as the Gorman's calbero egg. Best single egg pattern I've ever used. I used to go through runs on the Hood with other egg patterns just as a experiment. I'd get nothing, then go through the same run, with the same presentation, with the Calbero and knock em' dead. Ironically, I've never had success with this pattern on the east-side:confused:

What is the material used for the egg in this photo?
 
#33
What is the material used for the egg in this photo?
That looks like standard egg foam.

Look up how to use kevlar thread and dense egg yarn or foam so you can yank it really tight and than cut it off. It is the yanking and cutting that will give you a beautiful egg shape. It takes 2 of these per fly, one on top and one on bottom which it doesn't show in the walkthrough below. This process makes some beautifully symetrical eggs.

Here is a walkthrough: http://www.questoutdoors.net/skills/ftying/patterns/eggs/yarn_egg/

The best part is, it is easier than it looks.

Use your metal scissors for this because the kevlar thread will mess up your fine scissors.
 

ibn

Moderator
#34
For those of you who don't have an objection to nymphing for steel... what are your go to flies? Looking to fill the boxes and I need some ideas!
No objection here. I've tried stones, princes and other buggy nymphs and never hooked up with any steelhead, not saying they don't work, they just haven't for me. I've caught most my steelhead on eggs, just a matter of what size and what color.
 

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Ringlee

Doesn't care how you fish Moderator
#36
I really only fish Bugs for summer and fall steelhead. I switch to Eggs, Beads, and combos for winter fish. I have tried princes and other buggy stuff and I too have done poorly compared Eggs.
 

ibn

Moderator
#37
It's mostly hot glue, there is also some coloring involved. The guy who showed me how to make them asked me not to repeat the process, I'd normally share the info but in this case I've gotta respect his wishes, sorry.
 

junebug41

Junior Dave Monti fan
#38
Thanks Jason -- there's a lot of room for improvement with my eggs, so this should really help. Especially the kevlar thread tip.
 
#39
It's mostly hot glue, there is also some coloring involved. The guy who showed me how to make them asked me not to repeat the process, I'd normally share the info but in this case I've gotta respect his wishes, sorry.
Heheh

Reminds of my buddies who have their secret roe recipes they won't share with me.
 
#40
You are a bunch of damn traitors. Nymphs? EGGS?!! I hope the steelhead Gods punish every one of you sons of ...... Hey IBN, SHHHHHH how'd how do you really glue gun those eggs? :D:D Coach
 
#41
Can't help you much because I only swing dries on a floater long belly and a 15 foot rod..........but if I were to ever nymph I might use one of these :thumb:

OR the "dirty dirty ringlee special" Sick fly by the way chris.

Oh and no one said the egg sucking bunny leach.... probably one of my best anytime anywhere any method flies. Including dead drifting it.
 
#43
Well IBN, after carefully observing you photo I think I figured it out. I kept asking myself why you would be using cutoff aluminum cans like and than it dawned on me.
 
#45
Nymphs for steelhead? Heck I've been having great luck nymphing coho, chum, and whitey springs on the Vedder. Spey rod, AFS floater, X-fast poly leader, and anything buggy (even got some on some ugly golden and green stones). Great for the pocket water.