The Egg Fly

by Jonathan

Strictly speaking this is not a fly, something it has in common with many of the creations invented in recent years. However it does have its place in the fly box.

The origins of this fly can be attributed to our American cousins. It was designed to imitate the salmon eggs which get dislodged from the redds when the salmon are spawning, and which are greedily devoured by waiting trout.

This is all a long way from our stocked stillwaters in the UK where it can be effective on its day for browns and rainbows. I have used them occasionally with some success on rivers.

The Materials required could not be simpler.

  • Hook – fine wire, wide gape, fly hook sizes 10/12 (kamasan 160)
  • Tying thread – red, fluorescent red or orange.
  • Egg fly yarn, fluorescent orange,pink,red, or yellow

    ( I have found the most popular to be a mix of orange and pink ).

    Once you have followed the simple steps to create a ‘fluffy ball’ you can trim to the size and shape to suit yourself.

    Best fished with an intermediate flyline.
    David Cammiss


    { 13 comments… read them below or add one }

    SJEP January 2, 2011 at 1:35 am

    Hi flytyer0207. Try they do a Veniard full rotary vice for £29.50. It is clamp not pedestal but it will last you at least 2 or 3 years of tying. Its excellent for the money and the rotary facility is very good or bearded hackles etc. I use one and i got mine from lathkill and i am very happy with it. If you want a much better vice i am afraid you have to pay much more than £45.

    DaveC January 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Hi Flytyero2o7
    Getting a vice on a pedestal at £45 might be difficult.
    I have misplaced my cat. for Carrilon but I think they might be able to help. ask for a copy of cat. They are a reliable outfit.
    Hope this helps
    DaveC. and the Team

    Flytyer0207 December 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Hi David,

    I watch your YouTube videos all the time to help me with my fly tying and they help a lot. I started tying flies at the start of the Summer, and I enjoy it so much! I got given a hand-me-down vice from an old friend, which has now decided to beecome stiff and jammed. I am on the hunt for a new vice and aim to pay a maximum of £45. I want a pedestal vice rather than a clamp vice. Do you know the best brands and vices I should go for?

    Thank you for your help – and good luck with other flies!!!


    David Bancroft August 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Hi David.Love your site.
    Interesting to see you tying the egg fly.
    I cheat and buy “pom pom” balls from tesco at 99p a packet in the kids creative section.Just push the hook through one of the pom poms after adding a bit of lead as weight then tie off with thread at either end,just catching the fluff of the pom pom.
    It’s a lot simpler and far quicker.Green ones fished with an indicator about a foot down are lethal on our local stillwater!
    regards,Dave Bancroft

    Fabian Benavidez August 9, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Hey Dave, My name is Fabian I am 14 years old I started fly tying bout 3 months ago. Your videos are very helpful. I really enjoy watching your videos can you make a video of a Ant Pattern? And maybe one of Copper John Please it would be very helpful. hopefully hearing from you. Thanks, Fabian

    oldsmugglerflyfishing August 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Hello David! How are you? It is a very easy fly to ty, and very effective in Chile is you are looking for salmon of the Pacific. I haven´t hear if is a good fly for Argentina…


    Dennis July 13, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Dave,

    A little advice if you may, i am look to buy some good hackle feathers for flies size 10-18 not ready for smaller yet, I read somehwere there is not much differance between grade 1 & 2 but 3 was not always good. but what grade would you advice? and what would be best for my hook sizes? saddles or necks? Standard or Micro Barb?

    This is the site i was looking at…

    It is so confusing on which ones to get as i dont fully understand the differances. and when to apply what feathers, my fly’s look ok but nothing like shop grade ones, as my hackles always let me down. ether they break, or they are not stiff enough or just dont have good texture arround the hook. (they are not easy to wind through.)

    Thanks again


    topflyman July 12, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Jim
    Thanks for your comments. Good to know we were able to help. It can be a big bonus if your wife can tie flies………it will give you more time to fish. Well done Mrs Brown , 8 fish in a session cant be bad.I can only suggest you use the macaw tail feather instead of the pheasant . You never know what they take our creations for.
    Happy Fishing Both
    DaveC. and the Team

    jim brown July 11, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Well done to you and the team as a new tyer ive learnt a lot from your vid’s. my wife tyed a
    PTN and came out for a morning with me eight fish to her credit .
    My daughter in law gave me a tail feather from a blue & yellow macaw what fly can i use this for?
    thanks to all for your help and info

    topflyman July 10, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Hi Jair
    Thank you for your comments. Good to know we were able to help. The more you do the easier it gets.
    Happy fishing
    DaveC. and the Team

    Jair Grandin July 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Congratulations for the great page, I have learned very with the lições. Jair Grandin Valinhos SP Brazil

    topflyman July 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Marcos
    Thanks for your kind comments. Your English is OK. Good to know that the videos are helping you. There will be more to follow.
    Keep me posted when you get your big fish. It seems that Spain is on a roll at the moment and it could be your lucky year.
    Happy Fishing
    DaveC. and the Team

    Marcos B July 7, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Hi Dave and all Cammiss’ Family, your videos are so great!!!

    I’m writting you from Spain, (sorry for my English is no so good)
    I’m a fisherman and I’m starting with Fly fishing, I learn more with your videos (I have it on my iPod and review all everyday)

    I hope you will continue with this fantastic job…

    when I caught a big trout with your flies you will knew that fact…

    Thanks for all,


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