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First off...this is not a bead thread. If your favorite egg pattern is a bead, great. But don't debate it. So...What is your favorite egg pattern for winter steelhead. For me, I'm not a fan of the traditional glo bug. I like those nuke eggs or a homemade loose yarnball with a small bead tied in the center on the back of the hook. Here's what they look like in water. Like a delicious pink omelette! I might try them with a red or pink painted brass bead to help them sink.
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Do you tie those with snelled hooks? That's my complaint against using non-bead egg patterns: they often deeply hook fish because the hook is so close/on the pattern.
Just a regular nymph hook or small red gamakatsu egg hook with a small bead gently nestled in a bed of yarn tied to the back of the eye of the hook. I put wire or mono through the bead to hold it on. Wire tends to break so I switched to mono. It's harder to tie on the bead than slide it onto the hook so it's more of a true fly than a bead head nymph. Oops, I just almost crossed the line into the bead debate. Back on topic! Which egg patterns do you have confidence in?
 

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Your just enhancing your already effective egg pattern.

And this is 100% a bead thread. Due specifically to the fact that the OP's favorite egg pattern is a bead.
Well, it wasn't supposed to be a bead thread...My bead is tied to the hook. Is that different from a nymph with a bead? It's like a bead head nymph with pink dubbing... Only more difficult to tie because my attachment of the bead requires more than just sliding it onto the hook. Plus my materials are tied directly onto the hook. I use thread, knots, head cement...Soooo different! Haha! Anyway, which egg patterns do the rest of you guys like to use?
 

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Well, it wasn't supposed to be a bead thread...My bead is tied to the hook. Is that different from a nymph with a bead? It's like a bead head nymph with pink dubbing... Only more difficult to tie because my attachment of the bead requires more than just sliding it onto the hook. Plus my materials are tied directly onto the hook. I use thread, knots, head cement...Soooo different! Haha! Anyway, which egg patterns do the rest of you guys like to use?
No, not different. Everyone's bead is tied to a hook. Otherwise it wouldn't work. Just because you have chosen to make your enhancement of the bead "more difficult" doesn't make it not a bead.
It is not different from using any nymph nor is using a bead different than using any fly you did not yourself tie.
 

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No, not different. Everyone's bead is tied to a hook. Otherwise it wouldn't work. Just because you have chosen to make your enhancement of the bead "more difficult" doesn't make it not a bead.
It is not different from using any nymph nor is using a bead different than using any fly you did not yourself tie.
No, I peg my beads to the line 2" above the hook. I know it's not tied because they always end up slipping down. But that's ok because the moment the bead touches the hook it becomes a fly and I feel better about my tactics.
 

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Ok, for real. Which non-bead egg imitations do you have the most confidence in. I would have to pick the nuke egg, but there are others that look interesting. Gonna restock my boxes soon.
 
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