How to Tie: The Nuke Egg

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Tim Flagler with Tightlinevideo ties a simple yet extremely effective egg pattern, the Nuke Egg.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Easy

September is finally here and that means two things: cooler temperatures and spawning fish. For us, the fish, and the environment, I think everything needs a break from the heat. As we enter the fall season, there are many fishing opportunities that emerge. Streamer fishing will certainly pick up, but with spawning trout it is always important to remember your trusty egg flies. The Nuke Egg is a pattern that will trick those trout feeding on eggs and will make for fantastic days on the water.

Egg flies are notoriously simple and easy to tie. With only two materials besides thread, this fly is perfect for beginners interested in tying. By changing color and size, you will be able to fish this pattern nearly every season with success. Pairing the Nuke Egg with a large stonefly nymph is an efficient system for Great Lakes fish, as well as trout during spawning seasons.

Simplicity in fly tying can be often the most effective. Being able to tie a high quantity of several types of variations allows any angler to improve their tying skills and “match the hatch” on the water. Different days certainly call for different flies, including eggs when fish are spawning. The Nuke Egg is a must have for the Fall and Spring seasons, but very well can work year round.


  • Hook: Scud/pupa hook (Here a Dai-Riki 135), Sizes 8 and 10
  • Thread: 6/0 or 140 Denier, White
  • Egg: McFly Foam, Orange
  • Adhesive: High Tack Swax
  • Veil: White Otter’s Soft Milking Egg Veil

Now you know how to tie the Nuke Egg!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Tightlinevideo.

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