Saturday, October 23, 2021

Grandpa’s Eggs
By Christian Bilodeau
The comically named "Grandpa's Eggs Fly" is an interesting "double take" on the ever-popular Nuke Fly. I use this fly primarily when fishing southern Ontario's Saugeen River. This river tends to get coloured in the spring, making larger flies easier for the fish to find. I find this fly particularly useful when surrounded by center-pin anglers drifting beads—Grandpa’s Eggs tends to stand out from the crowd a little more than your standard yarn pattern. It is simple to tie, but make sure that the two eggs are lined up so the fly doesn't helicopter during casts. When you’re having a slow day, this is a good fly to try.


Hook: Daiichi 1150 size 8
Thread: Veevus GSP 100d
Body: McFlyfoam Fl. Peach
Blood Dot: UV red Egg Yarn
Body Extension: 10lb fluorocarbon
Veil: Wapsi white Antron Sparkle Dubbing

Step 1: Cut a 1.5” length of McFlyfoam about .5” in diameter and another 1.5” length of egg yarn about half a pencil width in diameter. Lay the egg yarn on top of the McFlyfoam as shown.

Step 2: Loop a piece of 10 lb fluorocarbon around the middle of the materials.

Step 3: Tie a knot around the material—the same way you would tie on a hook- and pull tight.

Step 4: Pull the material away from the knot tightly.

Step 5: Trim off the excess material about 5mm from the knot.

Step 6: Finish trimming off any leftover material and gently massage it to form the egg shape.

Step 7: Start a small thread base about halfway down the hook shank and tie in the fluorocarbon with tight wraps.

Step 8: To prevent the fluorocarbon from slipping, use a small dab of fast drying super glue over your thread wraps.

Step 9: Make sure the glue has dried before continuing.

Step 10: Cut another length of McFlyfoam and egg yarn the same size or slightly larger than the first.

Step 11: Lay the materials over the hook shank and make three loose wraps around it before pulling it as tight as possible—this is where the GSP thread is important.

Step 12: Without losing tension on the thread, make one or two parachute style wraps around the base of the material. At this point, make a whip finish to secure your thread.

Step 13: Pull the material upwards and cut off the excess to make a second egg roughly the same size as the first.

Step 14: Massage the material around the hook shank.

Step 15: Trim off leftover material to make the egg as round as possible. But remember, it doesn’t need to be perfect.

Step 16: Take a small batch of white antron dubbing and gently spread the fibres apart in your fingers.

Step 17: Lay the dubbing over the hook eye and tie it in with about ¾ of the dubbing in front of the eye.

Step 18: Fan out the dubbing so that it surrounds the whole hook shank.

Step 19: Fold the dubbing back over the fly and make a few wraps in front of the dubbing to hold it back.

Step 20: GSP thread can be slippery so double the whip finish before trimming off the thread.

Photography by

Christian Bilodeau