Jay Nicholas’ Salmon Fisher’s Journal: Great Grabs – October 18, 2010

Jay Nicholas’ Salmon Fisher’s Journal:

Great Grabs – October 18, 2010

JN

Just Another Day In Paradise: December 29, 2010

Just Another Day In Paradise: December 29, 2010

So here it is a 5 AM and the old cat is here beside me and I have my coffee and bunny grahams and somewhere in the world someone is going fly fishing for steelhead today even if it is through a twelve-inch hole in the ice around the great lakes but it has rained for how many days straight here so I have been catching up on home projects and I have been thinking and thinking all of these days about our runs of wild salmon and steelhead on the oregon coast plus wondering how the run of winter steelhead is gong to develop this year and what the ocean is going to do to our coho that stay close off the coast like the sea run cutthroat and how we see how the silvers are trending from year to year but cripes we have to assume that the harvest trout are in the  same ballpark as the coho smolts going to sea in any given year because they have to stay pretty close to shore like half pounders if they come back  after spending only three months at sea and yeah half pounder steelhead stay in the year-round-upwelling ocean off the Klamath and rogue unlike most of our blueback on the central and north coast and oh yeah I have been working on writing chapters for a really exciting book with my buddy who is all like obsessed with some passing piano wire fad and i am sure it has to be a fad because i don’t know about it and i know a lot and if i don’t know about it how could it be important oh sure i know this is silly because there is to much fishing crap out there and no i do not mean crap in a bad way but used the c-word just like saying there is a lot of really fine highly engineered fishing tackle and i just said crap because it was easier to write but not me because i am so totally into cute pink and yellow plastic doo-dads that are over packaged but man-oh-man are they fun for an OCD guy like me to organize in plastic tackle boxes but if managed properly OCD isn’t really a capital D for “disorder” but should be called OCA capital A for “advantage” oh like I was saying you know the 21 compartment boxes we keep our fly tying hooks in and ooooops the pro tube system 40/40 flexi tubes don’t fit in the 21 comp boxes even though the micro tubes do so will have to figure out what to do about that anyway the book is about steelhead flies  but not just about flies because that book has been done to death but about people and steelhead flies and the evolution of the fly tyer and the fly and the heart of the fly tyer and wow that reminds me about the heart of darkness Vietnam obscure reference and there are some really deep places in the hearts and minds of the most talented steelhead fly fishers and fly tyers who we both idolize and pity and how do we approach the really fascinating and terrifying aspects of the steelheader’s passion obsession ultra-focus if we want to keep it upbeat but hell let’s face it no one ever becomes great at anything without making sacrifices and the same is sure true with tying steelhead flies and wading belly-button-deep swinging flies in waters that may or may not hold  chrome side blue back slabs ready to grab a fly or say piss-up-a-rope and so of course steelhead people are just short of salmon people in terms of being complete whackos and then I get all off  on the life history of a fish that has been able to hang on in spite of all the hurt we have inflicted on the rivers and so i am going full tilt  and multi tasking on science writing about fly vises yeah i tied on a thompson model A for decades before i found a regal and then a dyna king and a renzetti and finally a nor vise but the thompson and the regal are sure rock solid hard maybe impossible to really beat and collar hackle materials like marabou and schlappen and how i get cranky when the feather stems get too thick just when i get to the best part of the hackle fibers and such reflecting on how important my family and friends are  to me and the some cool adventures I am going to have in 2011 and 2012 and 2013 and every year until i have my next heart attack and get senile and can’t fish like i want and need to and crap-oh-hell and then i get depressed but then i decided to jam in some fun and tie three only three tube leeches but I want to call them tube intruders because that sounds cooler even though I know that my simple tubes don’t really qualify as genuine intruders oh shove-that because I can call them intruders if I damn well want to so there to distract me from the reality of life and the slimy condition of the human race killing the planet by tying Ok four but only four flies and then getting back to the computer winter steelhead flies and stuffing them into my new Eumer tube fly box and putting the cream and pink on the top left side with the shrimp pink and red row underneath and then the blue and purple row on the lower right with the full row of black on the upper right and that will give me two dozen tubes for a single box with trailer hooks in the lid and that should be good for most situations and these are all 4” rabbit and marabou leeches with light cones and Eumer should make a longer box with two rows of needles for my 6” tubes but I guess i will just have to carry the big boys coiled up in a Copenhagen can instead anyway i have been really busy and hope your day is going well too and when I look at the picture at the top of this rant I remember the evening I spent with the salmon this fall and I can imagine them under the surface of this pool even though they would have nothing to do with me and I can feel the tears starting to flow because it is such magic to be on a river with these magnificent fish and god I am afraid that I may not have many more seasons and of course I take my family and friends for granted but they have come to understand that my love for the salmon is what it is and I couldn’t be me if I walked away from the rivers and the fish and oh-boy I have probably gone way to far already so top of the mornin’ to ya all – – – –

JN


Pro Tube Tubefly System: Adapting the Flexi Tube to a Stinger Hook 12/27/2010

Pro Tube Tubefly System: Adapting the Flexi Tube to a Stinger Hook 12/27/2010

Seem to have solved a minor dilema. I really like the Pro Tube Tubefly System.  The Flexi Tube offers a long tying surface (just under 80 mm or 2 3/4″ if you tie on both large and small diameter tube regions with room to finish with a cone).  The Micro Tube offers a short surface (about 3/4 inch with room to finish with a Pro Cone.)

What dilemma could there possibly be? I am happy with use of a ring eye hook secured directly in the large diameter portion of the Flexi Tube.  However, sometimes I prefer to use a looped-on Octopus style Gamakatsu trailer hook that dangles just rearward of the winging material.  This seems best accomplished with the Pro Tube Hook Guides, because the monofilament knot that secures my looped-on, up-eye Gamakatsu hook stays snug and secure in the Pro Hook Guide but not in the large diameter portion of the Flexi Tube. The Pro Tube Hook Guide fits on the micro Tube, not in the large diameter section of the Flexi Tube.

The solution is simple, silly head.

Here are two 40/40 Flexi Tubes.

First, cut off most of the large diameter Flexi Tube, leaving the front portion to tie the Steelhead Intruder Fly on.  Second, cut off a short ssection of the small diameter Flexi Tube, rougly 3/8″.  This will seat perfectly in the large diameter Flexi Tube.

Here is the Flexi Tube we will tie the Steelhead Intruder on, with the rear, large diameter tube shortened (pink); plus the ~3/8″ tip-end (yellow) of another Flexi Tube that will insert into the rear of the Flexi Tube and a large Pro Hook Guide (orange) plus our Gamakatsu Octopus hook looped onto a leader with a double surgeon’s loop.

Here is the hook guide and small diameter section of Flexi Tube stung on a leader, prior to insertion into the large diameter secion of Pro Flexi Tube.  The Pro Hook guide fits perfectly onto the small diameter portion of the Flexi Tube we have cut off.

Here is what the components look like when you string them together, minus the fly, duh.

Here ya go. A sparse (yes really) fast sinking, easy to cast, large-profile Steelhead Intruder rigged with a #2 Gamakatsu Octopus hook looped on #12 Maxima Ultra Green.

Fly specs as follows: Pro Tube Flexi Tube (40 mm); large Pro Tube Hook Guide; Butt (tied on large diameter portion of Flexi Tube Hot Orange Crystal Chenille; rear hackle (Hareline Shrimp Pink Spey Plume); body (lagartun Mini Flat Braid Holo Gold); Pro Tube 6mm Drop Weight; Pro Tube lagre Plastic Cone Disc; front hackle (hareline gray Spey Plume); collar of loop spun two tone rabbit; finished-off with medium Pro Cone.

Jay Nicholas, 27 December, 2010

Pro Tube Tubefly System: Winter Steelhead Fly Demo December 23, 2010

Pro Tube Tubefly System: Winter Steelhead Fly Demo December 23, 2010

I actually got the opportunity to spend a few hours swinging Intruder Leeches for winter steelhead this week.  Just a brief period at day’s end.  It was wonderful to feel a Spey rod in my hands and marvel at the wiggle and slink in the rabbit strip and marabou/ostrich flies hanging in the current at my side;  Clearly, several months of shooting-head casting has taken its toll on my modest two hand casting skills.  No matter.  I had fun, soaked some of my just-tied winter steelhead Intruders, felt the anticipation, and had a chance to see a good friend again after months of not seeing him or her.  Ah ha, we want to be gender respective, now, don’t we.  Truth be told, though, him was a he.  Positively.

Anyway, I saw a beautiul fish on the river.

And another friend showed how impressed he was with my chances of hooking a winter steelhead, after watching me stumble around dumping my fly in the middle of a line-pile for a few minutes.

Arriving home in the dark, I checked the mail.  Oh boy, a  just-in-time-for-Christmas package of Pro Tube fly tying goodies.  Using the catch-prase “goodies” is the best way to categorize the array of tube fly products from the folks at Pro Tube System.  The Tube Fly System just might finally simplify my tubular life.  So to speak.  Sort of anyway.  Maybe.  Oh forget it, I will undoubtedly find a way to make this Pro Tube Fly system complicated too.

Let’s cut to the chase. I love this Pro Tube Tubefly System.  No, I am not going to throw my HMH tubes away or flush my Eumer Tubes either.  Nostalgia. And then there is the fact that the HMH and the Eumer tubes look good and fish good too.

Here we go with Pro Tube Tube Fly System gear. All the Pro Tube cones, discs, and various weights are designed to fit on the tubes, all of the tubes, not just some of the tubes.  There goes half the fun and intrigue of trying to figure out which cone or bead or metal body will fit on which tube.  No more.  I had a sample of the Pro Tube Flexi Tube and the Micro Tube.  One of my buddies immediately gravitated to the Flexi Tube.  Me?  I headed straight to the vise with the Micro Tube.

First lesson, and no surprise, a Pro Tube requires its own tube mandrel, the Flexineedle.  Turns out that the Pro Tube tubes are a little on the skinny (inside diameter) side.  I am open to someone showing me otherwise, but I wasn’t smart enough to get my HMH adaptor to fit the Pro Tubes.  When I tried my Eumer adaptor, I found one needle that worked, sort of, but not as securely as the Pro Tube Flexineedle did.  By the way, the Flexineedle did not seem to work in my Nor Vise In-line head, but it was a breeze to secure in my Regal, my Dyna King, and in several other vises I tried it in.

Went to work after playing with components for two hours. Gear lizards are gear lizards, right?  Here are the basic components of a nice subtle winter steelhead fly.  Not black, or pink, or purple even.  Not too big,  Not too flashy.  A winter fly to show  a steelhead that hs had stinky eggs and pink worms drug around his or her head all afternoon long. Something nice and olive, I decided.

Basic elements for tying a tube fly using the Pro Tube Tubefly System gadgets.  there is a Pro Tube Microtube (green); Flexi weight (10mm), Hook guide (blue); Pro Cone (Hot orange), and hook (Gamakatsu #4 Glo Bug hook).

Now, demonstrating an expert ability of tube fly component assembly, check out this display of all the pieces put together, minus any fly tying material.  Possibly, this bare bones tube fly, if attached to a fly line with a leader, could catch winter steelhead in low water if fish are pressured.  Use of a strike indicator and dead-drifting this assembly would definitely be a killer, but is not recommended.Here is the finished winter steelhead fly pattern of the day, the season, and possibly, the year.  Ha ha.  Betcha if you fish this olive winter steelhead fly it will out-fish every fly that you don’t fish.

Winter’s Olive.  Catchy name, don’t you think?  Joking?  Not at all.

Tail and wing: Olive  Craft Fur.

Body: Senyo’s Sculpin Olive Laser Dub.

Collar:  Hareline Grizzly Olive Soft Hackle collar.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Maybe I will tie a few flies while I’m dreaming about winter steelhead.  Munch a few scones with the family.  Coffee.  Definitely coffee in the morning.  Probably at 4 AM.  Tidy my fly bench and find some tips to stash in my waders, ready for another day on the river, with a half dozen Winter’s Olives in my box.  On second thought, forget tidying my fly bench.  Not gonna happen for months.  Too many cool tube flies and Intruders to tie.

May the winter days bless all of you, setting the stage for a new year of good karma and jujumojo. Tie some winter steelhead tube flies.  Tie some winterr steelhead Intruders.  Add some tube leeches and traditional tube fly patterns.  Think summer steelhead and Chinook salmon too.

These are the days to fill our boxes when we are not on the river.

Jay Nicholas,  Decenber 23, 2010

Tube Intruders for Winter Steelhead, December 19, 2010

Tube Intruders for Winter Steelhead, December 19, 2010

Been working at the fly bench again this morning at 4 AM.  More of my original winter steelhead fly patterns layng on the floor, accumulating in a pile because they won’t fit in my waders.  This morning’s fun began with a nice juicy purple & black Tube Intruder.  Or should this fly perhaps be described as a Tube Leech instead of a Tube Intruder?

Maybe so. This fly, I note again, is an original pattern design of my own creation.

No, I have never met Tom Lalrimer or ever visited The Larimer website and never ever poached any of Tom’s winter steelhead fly patterns.

I might call this fly Nicholas’s Steelhead Burrito. Nice.  Clearly an original winter steelhead fly pattern.  Bet this fly will clobber the summer steelhead too. And dude, I do prefer burritos to tacos.  Hummmmmmm.  Wonder if anyone at Idylwilde reads my blog?

Jeff Hickman? Never fished with the man. Never let him walk me over to the edge of a soft seam, hand me a Spey rod all rigged with a fly, listened intently while he told me just where to stand, nodded when he admonished me to keep the first few casts very short, or used one of his rods as a wading staff. Definitely never let him pull me out of a river where I was drifting along, face down, feet all tangled up in a Skagit Compact, moments before I drifted over the tailout into the rapids below. Never.

Never met Brian Silvey either, or held a Silvey’s Tandem Tube Leech in the palm of my hand, so I guess this all proves that my winter steelhead flies, be they Tube Leeches, String Leeches, Egg Sucking Leeches,or Tube Intruders, are all original Steelhead fly patterns.  Never seen a Rob Russell Steelhead Intruder either; the fellow sounds a little shady to me.

Ha ha.

Jay Nicholas, December 19, 2010

Tube Leeches for Winter Steelhead: December 18, 2010

Tube Leeches  for Winter Steelhead: December 18, 2010

Oh my, it has only been a month since I lovingly scrubbed salt and estuary mud off my Burkheimer 995-4 and slipped into a rod tube.  Now I long to swing a two-hander.  The Rivers are full of winter steelhead, or so I’m told.

Two weeks swinging flies and wondering if a winter steelhead even looked at my fly?

I’m up to the challenge.  Bring it on.

2011 is going to be an amazing year, in many ways. I have been tinkering around tying a handful of Tube Leeches the last week or so.  Oh-my-gosh.  I can almost feel the yank.

Best to ya.

Jay Nicholas, December 18, 2010.

Jay Nicholas’ Salmon Fisher’s Journal: Great Grabs – October 17, 2010

Jay Nicholas’ Salmon Fisher’s Journal:

Great Grabs – October 17, 2010

Thirty Revelations from Nicholas’ 2010 Salmon Season (#2-30)

In case you don’t remember (why would you remember?) I said recently that I would share ten or so revelations from my 2010 salmon season. That post included an introduction and the first of the “ten” season’s revelations.

I continued trying to figure out what, if anything, I had learned throughout the year. and Before I knew it there were thirty notes on my list. So instead of drawing this “revelation” thing out forever, I just decided to blurt out all this wisdom (ha ha) in one session.

Here ya go.

Revelation 2:  I have issues with caffeine, in addition to fly fishing and fly tying.

Revelation 3: Friends don’t let friends start fly fishing for Chinook.

Revelation 4: Silvers? What silvers?  Where?  Huh?

Revelation 5:  Friends don’t let heart-attack survivors eat deep-fried everything at the coast for a week straight.  This applies to missing trips to the gym.  This includes multiple road-trips and eating cookies from the coffee kiosk at 5 AM.  And French fries from Denny’s.  And venison sausage.  And “just one bag” of Lay’s Potato Chips.

Revelation 6:  Never brave T-Bay in a 50 knot gale without wearing an actual life jacket.

Revelation 7:  Loud-mouth, drunk anglers are annoying people.

Revelation 7 (a):  Every loud-mouth drunk fishing for salmon on the coast has been fishing in the Nestucca, the Alsea, The Trask, The Elk, or whatever river, for at least fifty years and therefore has the right to behave in an outrageously uncourteous manner.

Revelation 8:  One should carefully evaluate the frequency of  30′ sneaker waves when preparing to make a run around the bluff at Elk River.

Revelation 9: The presence of 20-30′ swells usually means that the salmon fishing at the mouth of the Elk will suck anyway.

Revelation 10:  don’t book a reservation at the Shoreline when there are vacancies at Battle Rock.

Revelation 11: don’t admit to any salmon you might have caught to your shuttle driver, because “loose lips sink ships.”

Revelation 12:  Always ask your shuttle driver how the fishing has been on the drift you are planning to make.  The information, if any, provided by the shuttle driver must be evaluated to determine if it is accurate, refers to the current year or decade, or is intended to obfuscate your fishing intuition.  Ask anyway.

Revelation 13:  People who fly fish for Chinook in Oregon are sneaky.  Duh.

Revelation 14:  Chrome, fresh-from-the-salt Kings might not be in the mood to eat.

Revelation 15:  After 3 months double hauling shooting heads, time on the river swinging a fly with a two-hander sounds really appealing.

Revelation 15 (a):  I thought I would be able to take four months-off from fly fishing and save up credits to use during 2011 Salmon Season, but I have zero credits accumulated so far and am already plotting about how to get a few days on the water this winter and making two trips to BC in 2011.

Revelation 16:  Fly-fishing braggarts are soooooooo annoying.  (braggart: a loud arrogant boaster; one who talks immodestly or with excessive pride (earned or imaginary) about his or her past and current angling exploits).

Revelation 16 (a):  I have never met a lady fly-fishing Braggart.

Revelation 17:  Several salmon-fishing drunks are less annoying than  one fly-fishing braggart.

Revelation 17 (a):  Fly-fishing braggarts have caught so many thousands of chrome, monster Chinook salmon over the last forty or fifty years that it is clearly not worth their time to be fishing next to me, in whatever river we happened to be fishing on any given day I have met these fellows because we have caught nothing whatsoever on the day in question and it should have been a fish on every cast and ……….

Revelation 18: Harbor seals eat Chinook.  Regularly.  The Chinook we catch are often wearing fresh scars from close encounters with seals, scuff marks on their heads from hiding in brush piles, and (different topic) mostly healed-over hook-scars obtained in an ocean fishery.

Revelation 18 (a):  Chinook in a large estuary pool will still grab a fly, on occasion, even if a seal is somewhere in the pool.  Chinook in a small estuary pool have only one thing on their pea-brains – getting away from the seal.

Revelation 19: The world I see on the water is far more beautiful than my camera can ever record.

Revelation 20: People who fly fish for Kings with flies are sneaky.  This is not an accidental duplicate entry.  Google “Sneaky Pete”.  Ask Rob.

Revelation 21: I am pretty much drained, running on empty,  depleted of Comet and Boss flies to fish during 2011.  My friends will have to sharpen whatever rusty hooks they have left-over from past years donations.  2011 is gonna be slim for spare flies.  Deal with it.

Revelation 22:  I may sell my Pram.  Ouch.

Revelation 23:  I don’t know when to say when, most of the time. Duh.

Revelation 24:  Floating fly lines are vastly under-appreciated by estuary and tidewater salmon fishers.

Revelation 25:  Big Kings eat small flies.

Revelation 26:  At least a third of what I thought I understood about retrieve-speed when fishing for kings was horribly mis-guided.  Everything new I have learned about retrieve speed will probably not apply to 2011.  Salmon braggarts always know the correct retrieve speed to entice Chinook to the fly.

Revelation 27: Unquestionably, less is more when it comes to actually catching Chinook on a fly.

Revelation 27 (a):  Apparently, more is the only way to go when it comes to fly fishing for Chinook salmon.

Revelation 28: There is still a wilderness of un-explored or under-explored opportunity to fly fish for Chinook in Oregon bays.

Revelation 29:  We only have a little time here on this world, in this plane of existence, and shortly, any sign of our presence here will be washed away by the tide.

Revelation 30:  I hope my family understands that I really do love each of them more than I love salmon fishing even though it might not seem like that during salmon season which is pretty much all but few weeks each year.  I hope my fiends understand that my neglect is the consequence of a genetic predisposition to pay more attention to fly fishing and fly tying and salmon and steelhead and sea run cutthroat than to anything else.

Jay Nicholas; December 11, 2010

Q/A: What are the best hooks for Steelhead Egg Patterns?

Q:  On Dec 5, 2010, at 11:53 AM, an anonymous blog reader wrote: This email should be read with the strict premise and understanding that I would never, ever dream of fishing any type off egg imitation for steelhead. Ever.  

Question: is there a hook used for eggy patterns (lifters, etc) that’s known for really holding onto fish, like some gnarly Gamakatsu or something? “A friend of mine” who occasionally fishes egg imitations in smaller rivers for winter fish used Dai Riki #135s (8) last year and had a real problem with fish shaking off, even those that seemed solidly well-hooked.

A:  Dai Riki trash forget that crap you should use a TMC 2457 this is a rock solid steelhead egg patterns hook as is the Gamakatsu C14S Glo Bug System hook but you will find that the TMC fly hooks look much nicer and take a bead nicely although you will probably need to pinch the barb and tungsten beads are a plus and yes I know the TMC 2457 is supposed to be replaceable by the Dai Riki but the latter is not the same hook as the former and you are basically wasting your money and the diminishing possibility of catching a steelhead by using the Dai Riki hooks even though they cost less and I am completely objective and an expert so who would consider challenging this opinion even though some of professional fly tyers use and fish Dai Riki hooks I just can not bring myself to do so except maybe for trout because who cares if they get away and by the way I got rid of thousands yes honestly thousands of the DR hooks and swore to only use TMC or Daiichi or Gammie  fly hooks after several bad experiences and common dude the little bit of extra cash is well worth an increase in 0.003679 ratio of fish hooked and 0.459362 ratio of steelhead landed your friend will achieve with the TMC hooks on his or her egg patterns not that I have any personal experience with fishing egg patterns even though I have tied hundreds of dozens of the little pink and orange beauties and even some peach eggs and blue and chartreuse egg flies and flame red and purple and fluorescent red and yellow and cheese eggs too on sizes from #2 to #12 but I never ever fished a one of them especially in tandem with a bead head rubber leg stonefly nymph that’s for sure and also you should be using Estaz or chenille in hot pink or some of the great synthetic dubbings like STS Trilobal blended with Ice Dub and maybe Steelhead Stalkers UV yarn with Senyo’s Lazer Dub and for God’s sake do tie an egg veil they are easy once you figure out how to do it and improve the overall appearance of the fly even though the steelhead don’t give a dang and by the way you can loose fish on any hook you choose to fish, and will do so in long streaks that you must force yourself to ignore so as to avoid going crazy and over-thinking everything because sometimes a steelhead will just eat the whole burrito and sometimes the fish will just let you get a snip of skin and then after a long or short battle your hook pulls lose so don’t sweat the loss it because your hooked-to-lost steelhead ratio will average-out over time and you will mistakenly think you have something figured out when in fact you do not and then it will go bad on you again and you will get all freaked out and depressed and go into therapy but then you will again land some steelhead and so on so you might just as well get over getting disrespected by egg-eating steelhead and grow up and quit yer whining and get back to the fly bench with a decent TMC Daiichi or Gamakatsu hook and shove all the egg flies you tied up last winter on Dai Riki hooks down the garbage disposal and get on with your life oh but i forgot that you do not personally tie or fish egg fly patterns so just tell your friend to dump all of his or her Dai Riki Egg flies into the landfill but if you choose to tie on the Gamakatsu Glo Bug hook which I would also recommend as a great tube fly hook with a nice ring eye and a super sticky point you should be advised that the Gammie hooks as a consequence of the ring eye look a little silly with a bead-head but the egg flies fish just fine but you might consider not using a bead on the Gamakatsu Glow bug hook and use split shot to get in the zone with these hooks pardon me while I puke my guts at the thought of using split shot and still pretending to be fly fishing for steelhead but then I know that lead barbells and chenille wrapped on a short shank hook get down and catch steelhead which is as ugly a fly and a presentation style as you can imagine but it is true that steelhead take these flies and your friend should be ashamed to fish the things and they steelhead egg patterns I mean should be made illegal because anyone can catch at least a hundred steelhead a day on egg patterns under a strike indicator and you know it and you are not really writing about a friend because it is really you and you should be double ashamed because you are not only a sinning fly angler sinning in the holy shrine of steelhead fly fishing and simultaneously pretending you are not a low life and I know this is true because you seem to know quite a bit about a lifter and that for sure as hell is not a dry fly I have ever heard of and you never ever fish eggy fly patterns my ass but at least you can be thankful that you did not ask about hooks to fish with pegged plastic beads because if you had I would have sent the truth squad to where you live and made you eat every plastic bead in your garage and fly vest how can you live with yourself and still claim that fishing eggs is really fly fishing and you know that eggs are a gateway to pegging plastic beads and then hell why not use shrimp oil on a fly and then why not slip a plastic worm on a Muddler and totally and irreversibly befouling the ethical hallowed ground of fly fishing for steelhead and getting skunked a thousand days straight is better than skulking around with plastic beads and toothpicks in your pants and all such nastiness aside and getting back to the subject of the proper hooks to tie an honest steelhead egg fly on and reiterating that I do not personally have any personal knowledge about fishing egg patterns or stonefly nymphs for steelhead because I unlike you and your ilk would never engage in such a low-life shenanigans because I am a pure Spey fisher who mostly fishes dry flies in summer on Scandi Compact lines and fishes Intruders just like the big-name two hand steelhead fly fishers do on the Skeena and the Dean, and the Babine, and the Skagit and the Wind and the Deschutes and John Day and Clearwater and the Town Run wild steelhead with suspiciously absent dorsal fins and the Missouri and Mississippi wow I remembered how to spell the name of that fine steelhead river too and besides I am so good at Spey fishing that I commonly catch big steelhead on Intruders I have personally designed and tied and big buck steelhead really grab hard on the swing and the fish are so big and my reel screams out on hundred yard long runs – – – – – – –

And thanks for asking.

Jay Nicholas