The flyfishing conditions in Alaska are as varied as its wildlife and scenery. Besides the challenge of matching a pattern to the appetite of your quarry, Alaska contains thousands of streams ranging from wadable creeks to big, deep rivers. And a flycaster must be prepared to cover all the bases, especially if venturing into the bush for an extended trip where a variety of species and water conditions will be tested.
This egg pattern by Brad Hanson gives the big water angler an opportunity to fish deep runs which most of the time may be passed by. The only alternative to fishing these conditions with an egg is to load up your leader with split shot and start plunking - something even the most versatile flyangler has trouble accepting. The lead dumbbell eyes serve the purpose of much needed weight for these deep conditions. They also provide an additional degree of realism not achievable with a "chenille only" egg pattern. The eyes offer a bit of glint to the egg, much as the membrane of real eggs and they replicate the oil globule found in freshly spawned eggs.
This fly can be tied in many different colors and sizes. Matching the dumbbell eye size to the final size of the egg will produce the most realistic presentation.