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Dark Egg Head - A Mike Foster Fly

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Dark Egg Head

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

Dark Egg Head was tied by by Contributing Fly Tyer Mike Foster, as a variation of his original Egg Head.

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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