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Egg Head - A Mike Foster Fly

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Egg Head

Name Egg Head
Category Salmon/Steelhead
Hook Gamakatsu T10-6H,  Mustad 36890, Daiichi Steelhead Irons, Size 8 – 1/0
Thread Fluorescent fire orange, size 3/0
Tag Small oval gold tinsel
Tail Black kip, squirrel, or bear
Body Fluorescent light orange fuzzy yarn                                                                   
Rib Small oval gold tinsel
Hackle Fluorescent fire orange
Head Gold bead eyes, figure 8 wrapped with fluorescent fire orange chenille

Egg Head was originated and tied by by Contributing Fly Tyer, Mike Foster. This fly was published in the book Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon by Bruce Ferguson, Les Johnson, and Pat Trotter.

Mike's Notes: "I did the Egg Head for Fly Tyer magazine in 1981, but it was part of a series that I came up with in the late 70's inspired by a fly that Bill Schaadt gave me while I was still in high school.  His was a ball of chenille with mixed red and orange hackle ahead.  He called it his gob of bait fly.  I would think his later Egg Nymph patterns evolved from this.  I put the egg ahead of the hackle to make it more visible...at least to me."

You can see more of Mike's flies at The Flies of Mike Foster .

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