Fly of the Month: Hot Tail Flash Egg

We've heard the virtues of the egg pattern as the top fly when fishing the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Crystal and Frying Pan rivers. Pat Dorsey and Steve Parrot at the Blue Quill talk about egg patterns as one of the best when fishing closer to home – the Blue and pretty much anywhere on the South Platte.

Pat Dorsey ties the Hot Tail Flash, simple and quick. Pat insists it is really effective as the top fly above one of his well-known small midges.

Hook: TMC 2487 The one used here is a #16, but this can be tied routinely in a #14 to #18. You could also use a TMC 2457 or 2488 hook. Make the most of what you have.
Thread: Danville’s 6/0, orange. Needs to be able to cinch the fluffy foam nice and tight without breaking.
Tail: Pearl Tinsel or Pearl Flashabou Micro. Should you be looking for this at the shop, tinsel comes on a spool; flashabou doesn’t.
Egg: McFly Foam, egg color and dark orange. Here, the egg color was used for the outside of the egg because it was what I had in my pocket that matched the pattern Pat wanted to tie. The dark orange forms the inside of the egg.
Tying Instructions

Like so many of Pat’s flies, this one is sparse. He cautions right up front that people too often end up fishing with eggs that are just too big. The goal is a small, tight fly.

Start by tying your thread about one-third of the shank length back from the eye of the hook, working your way back to an equal distance from the bend of the hook. Now tie in a length of the thin tinsel or flashabou that’s about 1 ½ times the length of the hook. Work the thread back forward, stopping in the middle of the hook.


Now take two fairly thin strips of the egg-colored McFly foam and form it like a hot dog bun around an even thinner strip of the dark orange-colored McFly foam and lay all of that length wise right on top of the shank of the hook. Just bring your thread up and over and tie it all down right across the middle with three or four tight wraps, making each wrap just a little tighter so that it cinches up nicely. There are no fancy figure eights or any other unusual wraps here. It is really simple. Lift your thread up and over and move it forward, and tie off.


Next, pull the foam straight up and cut off with some really sharp scissors or a razor blade. Use an arching motion to help create the rounded egg shape. The size of the egg will be determined by how close you make the cut. The foam should then fluff out into pretty much the egg shape you are looking for, but not quite. Take your fingers and move the foam around to make sure it goes completely around the hook. Now take your sharp scissors or razor blade and trim the foam to smooth it out to get the finished look you see in Pat’s pattern. - John Haile