Salmon River New York Egg Patterns Used to Catch Salmon and Steelhead


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Egg Patterns; when and where to use
March 8, 2006
by Walt Geryk

Weather early or late, spring, fall or somewhere in between, trout and salmon will target eggs as one of their high protein meals. During active spawning times, hundreds if not thousands of eggs can be washed away from redds and drifting freely in the currents as easy feed for hungry fish.
I like to keep it simple by just matching the size, then varying colors to see which works best. Egg cluster patterns can work well, but again, I prefer the single egg pattern which continues to offer us consistent success.
When I started using this pattern a few years ago, I used only matching, natural egg colors. Over time, I added an assortment of favorite flashy steelhead colors which in certain conditions out-produce the naturals. These patterns were derived form the estaz patterns used in New York’s Salmon River Region.
I prefer to traditionally fly fish, with little or no added weight to our leaders or tippets, so to keep the fly near the bottom, I added a painted bead head on this pattern. Use them, around and below redds and where the current funnels into cuts, pools and pockets. Good Luck!

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"Always Leave the Water a Better Fly Fisher"

New York's, Salmon River Region Spring Season is just about here!
There are good numbers of all size fish spread throughout.
The larger, late winter run, steelies have been entering the river. Snow Depth: currently there's 20 to 30 inches in the Tug Hill area.
Keep an eye on my reports page for changes in water and fishing conditions.

Western Massachusetts' Rivers are in great shape.
We should be in for another outstanding season, as soon as we see a consistent rise in water temps.

Planning a trip of a lifetime, then give me a call at to reserve your dates, as the 2006 season is here. Reserve your Fall Trip now with Walt, then he will assist you in lodging reservations..

NeffGuide's Fish Getters

Proven Fish Getters, these egg patterns are go to flies during the spawning seasons.  

Preserve Your Trophy

Don Trump Jr. with a Spring  Silver Bullet, Caught and Released, while fishing with Walt Geryk.

Carry a camera and a measuring tape then use the formula, which is fairly accurate, the weight = (length X girth X girth / 800 = lb.) and this should give all the info needed for bragging rights without over stressing the fish. Once you land that trophy fish of a lifetime, it's your choice to kill and have mounted and no one should condemn you for your decision, but there is a better option. You can send a high quality photo and measurements to a professional taxidermist where they can make a reproduction of the fish that you released.

Planning on releasing a fish, then handle it as little as possible and return into the water ASAP! Don't hang it from the gill plate, keep the fish in a natural position as possible, horizontal. When releasing the fish be sure to be facing it upstream in slower moving water, this may require some moving of the fish slowly forwards and back to help the flow of water through its gills, take your time for proper revival, which can take up to 8-10 minutes. You'll know when the fish is ready as it will have good balance and will start on it's own to pull away from your hands.

For more information on these fisheries, give me a call and I'll be more than happy to answer all your questions.
Good luck and have fun.

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