I read an interesting magazine article a few months ago by well known tyer Bill Logan. In it he described a nice little method of tying egg flies, which involved the shrouding of a good-sized brass bead with a layer of egg yarn.
In one of the photos, the finished article had been wetted and the translucent effect of the bead shining through the yarn was very appealing indeed. I decided to have a go, and the results (albeit considerably more amateurish than Logan's excellent tying), can be seen above.
The question is: have I got the guts to give them a cast? In the US, egg flies for the river angler are very much par for the course, but over here they are still regarded with suspicion at best. I've seen them used on small stillwaters, but not for wild river fish. Logan's reasoning is that fish eat fish eggs, in every river, in every country, fact. I think he's probably right.
Now I want to make clear that in no way do I intend to start fishing this pattern in behind - or anywhere near for that matter - salmon redds like our Stateside cousins do when the millions of spawning Sockeye enter the Pacific Coast rivers. But a recent conversation with Time By The River's Tony got me thinking; he recounted a story where a friend had caught a huge grayling well up the Ribble on something resembling a 'flesh fly'. The implication is that winter grayling may well be prepared to have a go at anything offering an easy, high protein meal - rotting salmon flesh, fish eggs, you name it.
So next time I'm trundling a team of nymphs through a likely run, I may well have a quick look around to check the purists aren't watching, and slip one of these onto my leader.....just by way of experiment, you see!