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.

 

How to Match a Roe

Hatches are matched from Westfly's database of "standard" fly patterns.

Egg
Size 6-10 Egg Fly. Pink, peach, white, purple, many others

 

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Characteristics

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

 

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