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Fly Pictures, by Request

by Jeff D
(Overland Park, KS)

Micro Egg

Micro Egg

The first fly is the micro egg. This is tied on a size 26 Gamakatsu C12-BM, with a 1.5mm gold tungsten bead, Veevus 16/0 white thread, and Shrimp Pink ice dub. I also tie this with a pink 1.5mm tungsten bead and fluorescent pink Senyo Laser Yarn.

The Gamakatsu C12-BM is an amazing little hook. It is made in size 26, 28, and 30 yet has a much bigger eye (probably equivalent to a size 18) which makes it much easier to tie one to the tippet, especially with aging eyes. I used to have trouble keeping fish hooked on small hooks, but not with these!

Unfortunately, I don't have the size 30 UKB at hand to photograph, as I'm doing this on my break at work. I've added a vise to my desk to take advantage of lunch break time to crank out flies so the only ones I have at hand are ones I've been tying here.

However, the recipe is very simple: Gamakatsu C12-BM size 30, red Veevus 16/0 thread, and I separate the strands of Shetland Spindrift Oyster yarn, and use only one strand, tightly twisted.

The second fly is the Stewart Black Spider, tied on a size 20 Firehole Sticks 413. I tie it just like WC Stewart did: lay down a layer of black Veevus 16/0 thread toward hook bend. Tie down Starling feather by the tip, twist feather around thread, then wind forward. It is not a pretty fly by any stretch of the imagination. The fish do not seem to care one bit that it's an ugly mess.

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Mar 31, 2018
Trivial correction on the Stewart Spider
by: Chris Stewart

WC Stewart tied the feather by the butt, near the hook eye, twisted it around the thread (as Jeff did) and wound back toward the bend. The resulting flies would be identical, though.

Mar 31, 2018
Another correction
by: Jeff D

The micro egg fly pictured has the pink tungsten bead and UV shrimp pink ice dub, not a gold bead. Out of the whole bin of those I had I picked the one that was not the standard!

Mar 31, 2018
I like these!
by: John Evans

Hey, Jeff,
I like your work, though I don't believe my 59 year old eyes and shaky hands will allow me to tie this small! I find starling feathers hard to work with because they're so fragile. What substitute would folks recommend?

Apr 01, 2018
Starling feathers
by: Jeff D

It’s much easier to use starling feathers if you tie them in and then twist them around the thread. That way they’re less prone to breaking.

Apr 01, 2018
by: Alex Argyros

Thanks, Jeff.

I'm wondering if the micro egg wouldn't work just fine with just the bead. It seems to me that it would have smaller profile that way, sort of like a mini-trout bead.


Apr 02, 2018
Why the bead?
by: Jeff D


The reason I add the bead is that the dubbing (especially Laser Yarn) is just slightly buoyant. This probably isn't noticeable of larger hooks where the weight of the hook counteracts that. But on tiny hooks it does make a difference.

When I am keiryu fishing I want as tight a line as possible all the way from the rod tip to the fly. I definitely don't want the fly floating up above the split shot!

The colored beads (I think they're simply dipped in paint) are slightly larger than the simple gold tungsten beads, but I haven't noticed that they block the gap enough to cause a problem with hookups.

Apr 02, 2018
The other alternative: just the bead!
by: Jeff D


I may tie some up where all there is on the hook is the colored bead and see what the fish think!

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