Roe

Common Name: Fish eggs

Fish lay eggs, and other fish eat those eggs. It's that simple. From fall through June, it's common to find roe drifting in the streams. That roe may have come from salmon, whitefish, suckers, brown trout, rainbow trout--whatever. Each egg is rich in protein, and desired by other fish. Match this "hatch" and you can have good fishing.

Some fly anglers, however, refuse to cast a fly that imitates roe. To them, it smacks of Pautzke's Great Balls of Fire and is one babystep away from fishing with bait. But roe is natural food, and anglers have to match size and color of that food, and present it near the bottom with a dead drift--not an easy thing to do.

Roe comes in many sizes and colors. Each fish species produces a different size egg, and that egg can change color depending on how old it is, whether it was fertilized or not, and other factors. If you miss the right size and color, your fishing will suffer.

Characteristics

COLOR/SIZE: Varies widely depending on species and state of egg

 

Click on the fly name to see the pattern. Click on the presentation to learn how to do it.

STAGE PATTERN SIZE/
COLOR
PRESENTATION WHERE
Whitefish Sticky Egg 10
Peach, orange, pink, cream
indicator, tight line Rivers
Egg ala Muck 12-18
Peach, orange, pink, cream
indicator, tight line Rivers
Comb Over Egg 12-18
Peach, orange, pink, cream
indicator, tight line Rivers
Milt and Egg 12-18
Peach, orange, pink, cream
indicator, tight line Rivers
Double-Egg and Sperm 2-8
Peach, orange, pink
deep swing Rivers
Egg Fly 6-10
Pink, peach, white, purple, many others
indicator, tight line Rivers
Eggo 6-16
Peach, orange, pink, cream
indicator, tight line Rivers