Blood Dot Fly for STEELHEAD | How to Fly Tying

Blood Dot Fly for STEELHEAD | How to Fly Tying


[Music] The blood dot egg egg fly is a pattern
that was developed back in the early 80s and it came about because of the
investigation of looking at trout eggs and noticing that many chard eggs had a
very distinct yoke in it and then was surrounded by the albumin. Not all eggs
look like that but some eggs do. So I attempted to imitate those eggs and I
noticed that there was translucency around it and that’s what I’ve tried to
accomplish by tying the blood dot. I use orange thread which is Danville 210 flat
wax thread and I started right in the center of the hook. The hook is a heavy
wire scud hook anywhere from size 20 to size 10 depending on the size of the egg
that you want to construct. You put the thread on in the center of the shank of
the hook and come back just above the eye or I’m sorry of the barb of the hook
in the back. If you go any farther back you will distort the shape and
silhouette of a round egg and make it oblong Now what I’m attempting to do
I’m using glow bug material and I use the egg color as my base material, and I
cut a link of it about three and a half or four inches long. Now a little trick
that I’ve learned is that I want to split this material and if I have the
material right down the middle it normally doesn’t tear or tangle and I
set the other one aside. And then I’ll split it again and sometimes I’ll split
it again depending on how small of a fly I want to make. But now I have much less
material and I’m trying to occupy the same space with less density of other
egg patterns. I tie it in above the barb of the hook.
And I can let go of it with a couple of turns and the trick is don’t over build
your thread. The heavy Danville flat wax thread allows you to make two simple
turns and hold it in place. You formulate a little bubble on the
back of the fly and pinch it with your fingers and use the snap pinch method
where you’re pinching the line in between your fingers and then snapping
it down and you make that bubble. Your next aspect of it is to force the
material back over fanning the material over that bubble and maintaining the
round shape of the silhouette and in that perspective. Two wraps. You then take
your contrasting yoke color and place that on top, and again secure it with
only two wraps – but because of the heavy denure of this material I can actually
cinch it down. And then take your glow bug egg color again and do the same
thing as the bubble in front of it … You want to spread it around like the
fanning of a turkey feather when they’re showing their spread or a peacock
feather. And then take your whip finisher… Whip finish it. Trim the material and I
cut the thread in the egg material in one cut. Reach down inside, and there’s a
simple blood dot pattern that’s extremely effective on steelhead and
trout. When you take it and you immerse it in water the real magic of the fly comes out of it once it’s saturated in that the fly takes on a transparent
albumin look and the yolk is solid contrasting color in the center of the
fly and it’s just a very accurate pattern for imitating eggs.

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