This fly represents a clump of eggs released from either a walleye or a sucker, where it gets its name. It is easy to tie and looks very realistic when wet. Do know that if you tie it in oranges and in larger sizes to imitate steelhead or salmon eggs, it will tend to be fairly heavy and can easily drag a bit.
The material for the sucker spawn varies; some tiers choose to use angora yarn, small amounts of egg yarn, Aunt Lydia’s Sparkle Yarn to name just a few. Find what looks good to you and have some of these flies in your box. I use Needleloft yarn available at craft shops.
Sucker Spawn Recipe
Hook: TMC 105 #6-10, Gamakatsu C14S #8 -12, TMC 2457 #8-12
Thread: Uni 6/0 – Lt. Cahill
Body: Needleloft in both yellow and light yellow
Step 1.Insert hook into vise and wrap a thread base from the hook eye to above the hook barb.
Step 2. Take about 5” of each color thread and separate the two strands, using one of each color.
Step 3. Lay the yarn parallel along the hook shank and wrap back towards the bend in the hook.
Step 4. Take one strand of yarn and twist in your fingers stopping just before the
material double overs onto itself, then fold over, to make a loop and tie down.
Step 5. Repeat with both strands/colors and vary it up a little for a realistic look.
(Notice how the different colors are on both sides of the hook shank?)
Step 6. Whip finish.
A complete Sucker Spawn Egg Pattern