It's no secret that one of my favorite shoulder-season patterns is the Nuclear Egg. It is a proven pattern that all anglers should carry in their fly box.
The Nuclear Egg has an interesting history that is worth sharing. While guiding for steelhead on Michigan’s Betsie River, Walt Grau, Orvis-Endorsed guide from the Pere Marquette Lodge, kept noticing colored yarn clippings on the snow near the river’s edge. One day Grau stumbled upon a “steelheader” that was adding yarn to spawn that was already on a snelled hook. This angler was using a monofilament loop on the snelled hook (inserting the yarn into the mono-loop and then closing it tightly) and consistently catching steelhead. It was soon discovered that the steelies would bite just on yarn.
Anglers found that by using one color for the nucleus and another for the outer membrane or “halo” they could make a deadly single egg imitation. That evening Grau took this concept to the tying vise and the Nuclear Egg was born. The Nuclear Egg was introduced to Colorado angler Bob Kennedy, a Michigan native and close friend of Grau’s that sent two dozen to his close friend Roger Bittell a guide at the Blue Quill Angler. Bittell is credited with popularizing the Nuclear Egg in the Rocky Mountain area.
Nuclear Egg Recipe:
Hook: #14-18 Tiemco 2457
Thread: 6/O orange, Danville Thread
Nucleus: Dark orange Mc Fly Foam
Halo: Champagne Glo Bug Yarn
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