Fishing Fly tying

Fly tying: Micro Egg

Here’s one for you patient fly tiers who don’t mind small hooks and like the minutia that goes into some of these tiny patterns. For me, the term “tiny” starts at about size 18. The size 22 hook used in the pattern below? That falls into the “impossilbe” category for this ham-handed tier.

Oh, and you should have a can of WD-40 on hand. Just sayin’.

If you like to drift egg patterns—during or just after the fall brown trout spawn is a good time, for example—this is a pretty nifty pattern. The size is likely a lot more realistic than your standard Glo-Bug, and it will absorb water quickly and get down into the water column just right. Tim Flagler, who’s tying pattern in the video above, swears by it.

If you’re an angler who likes to match the egg hatch, this fly might be worth the effort to tie.

— Chris Hunt

By Chris Hunt.