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Steve Burke's Salmon and Steelhead Fly-Tying Guide
Leon's Dancing Egg
Originated and Tied By Leon Guthrie

Leons Dancing Egg
Name Leon's Dancing Egg
Category Salmon / Steelhead / Rainbow
HookSalmon Single Low Water Size 4
Eggs6lb Monofilament nylon double knotted with Red Hot Melt Glue formed on knots. Make about 20 to 25.
BodyWhite thread. Start at hook bend attaching eggs about 5 or 6 for tail, different lengths. Then attach a long piece of 6lb Monofilament Nylon and leave for later stage. Continue attaching eggs along the hook shank at different angles to the hook until you reach a point near the hook eye. Note: Once you have attached each egg trim off the extra piece of nylon. Each time apply a tiny drop of super glue on the thread and mono. Now, taking Veniard Glister Dubbing (Chartreuse), stretch out a portion of dubbing to about 4 inches and twist the fibres. Starting at the hook bend again, catch in with your thread and then bring your thread all the way to the hook eye. Now wind the Dubbing along the hook shank weaving in between each egg and apply a few turns of thread, securing the dubbing near the hook eye. Repeat again with another portion of dubbing, again starting at the hook bend and securing near the hook eye. Now wind the 6lb Monofilament that you have waiting along the hook shank, again weaving in between the eggs. Finally tie off the thread making a neat head. Apply a little super glue on the head thread. Use velcro hook tool on fibres.

This pattern shown here was weighted with lead wire but it sinks very well without lead.

CommentsThis particular pattern produces a lot of movement in the water. Use only nylon at 6lb as this makes the eggs movement better. This pattern is also very effective using Red, Pink, or White Veniard Glister Dubbing.

This ingenious egg cluster pattern may not look very pretty, but it's not designed to be. Use it in the spring or fall during and after the Salmon run for either Salmon or Steelhead. I would try fishing it with a downstream drift along the bottom or with a downstream cast and very slow return, making sure you are getting it down deep. Leon's Dancing Egg was originated and tied by Leon Guthrie of Galashiels, Scotland. You can see more of his originals at The Flies of Leon Guthrie. See some of Leon's notes below