Fly Fishing Egg Pattern: Glo Bugs Made Easy!




Fly Fishing egg patterns called glo bugs are the easiest to learn how to fly but fairly difficult to master.  Not to mention the waste of egg yarn.  By making a simple tool out of a soda straw you can tie perfect glo bugs all day long with a minimum of waste.  Tying globugs the old way I got about a dozen per foot of egg yarn, with the new tool I get 40+ per foot.  Here's a youtube view of how I do it.

You can follow the steps here or you can go directly to youtube and watch a video on how to do it.

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Step 1: Make the Egg Tying Tool

Get a plain soda straw and cut three inches of it off.  Take several strands of egg yarn and using either a threader or a looped of piece of string pull the egg yarn into the straw.  You want the egg yarn to be slightly tight in the straw but not difficult to pull.

Step 2: Dress the Hook

Place your hook in the vice and pinch the barb down.  I pinch the barbs down on my hooks because it no only makes the hook easier to remove from the fishes mouth but it also makes it easier to remove the hook from your clothing and skin.  Dress the hook, as you dress the hook tie in a piece of weighted wire.  For the weighted wire you can use lead, copper, or any of the other lead substitues sold on the market.

Step 3: Starting the Egg

Take the soda straw that you have loaded with the egg yarn and pull out about a straws width of egg yarn.  There are many different sizes of soda straws, using this method you can tie many different sizes.  Lay the soda straw on top of your dressed hook and pull the thread up and over the top of the tool to cross over it.  You want to tie from the right side of the tool to up and over the left side. 

Step 4: First Turn

Pull the tool down until the thread lays on top of the egg yarn.  Pull the thread very tight but do not break the thread!  You want the thread to cross underneath the hook where you finished dressing the hook.  Make a quick turn of the thread around the hook to keep the thread tight during the rest of the tie,

Step 5: Second Turn

Now cross the thread under the tool to the other side of the vise.  Pull the thread up and over the top of the egg yarn to the back side of the hook.  In effect you are making a figure 8 over the yarn and pull it as tight as you can without breaking the thread.

Step 6: Secure the Egg

You should now have your thread laying across the top of the egg yarn with the thread out over the upper left corner of the hook and pattern.  Keeping the thread as tight as you can make severalwraps around the hook to secure the tightness of the thread.

Step 7: Trim the Yarn

Pull enough yarn from the tool to lean room for your next tie.  Trim the yarn out of the tool the same length as the other side of the egg yarn

Step 8: Fluff the Egg

I am probably going to get alot of heck about writing this but....Fluff the egg. :)

Step 9: Finish the Egg

Whip finish, cement the thread, and cut the thread.

Step 10: For More Information...

For more information on egg pattern globugs, including how to fish the pattern, check out my youtube video.

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    6 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 10

    Great way to tie these globug's.
    Russell New Zealand


    8 years ago on Step 10

    I have been tying globugs the " old" way , and your technique of using a straw is brilliant. So much better and with virtually no waste.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructable,Ive caught 2lb trout on these and a 18lb carp,May i suggest you purchase some dog biscuit flys,they float,simple feed dog biscuits into the water for 5 or 10 minutes,whip your fly in and watch the large lips of a carp or trout come and slurp it up it will really get your adrenaline rushing

    3 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That sounds like fun, unfortunately, chumming is illegal in Utah. I've seen people toss fish food on the lake before they cast in and I think it does get more fish but in some places its illegal. Thanx for the tip anyway.



    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Woah illegal? Thats really tight becuase your acctully feeding the fish instead of the owners paying for food


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    In Utah the state owns the fish. Utah has a huge fish hatchery operation. Taxes pay for the fish and limits are strictly enforced. In the last 6 months I have probably seen 20 tickets written by DWR officers to poachers.
    I don't know about Utah but in Arkansas if you are caught poaching they can take your car and house.