Fly and Photos by Loren Williams
The Sucker Spawn, as the name implies, is an old egg pattern designed to imitate the clumps of spawn from river suckers lavished by trout. As I am led to believe, the individual loops are intended to mimic individual eggs. However, once wet I feel the entire pattern more closely resembles a single egg rather than a clump.
No matter, trout and steelhead alike respond well. I typically use this fly in very large sizes (#8 - #4) for steelhead in the fall since I can get their attention with a large pattern without the buoyant bulk of the glo-bug. I will come back to this pattern on trout streams in the spring when, you guessed it, suckers are spawning.
There is a belief that the rough edges of the yarn get caught in a fish's teeth, delaying it's ability to expel the intruder better enabling a positive hookset. I do think there is some truth to that depending on the material you use. These "eggs" can be tied using just about any stranded material but I choose to stick with two: sparkle yarn and glo-bug yarn. The latter is reserved for those HOT colors I cannot obtain in sparkle yarn.
This is an easy fly to tie and it catches fish so that makes it worthwhile to stock in your box! The color schemes are endless, but I have shown my most successful.
Hook: Mustad CO68 #4-#12
Thread: Hot Pink 6/0
Body: Pale Yellow Sparkle Yarn
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