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Flyfishing products especially targeting Steelhead, Brown Trout and Salmon. Unique Egg patterns and tying materials for targeting these species. More to come!

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The Origin of the Knotty Egg

Tom Barton

I guess you could say that the Knotty Egg got it's start as early as 1966! I was 4 years old and that is when my father introduced me to fly fishing and fly tying. We lived in southwest Pennsylvania, between Johnstown and Altoona and had access to many amazing trout streams. My dad was a school teacher and took me fly fishing in the evenings and most weekends. All of my earliest memories are being on the trout stream with my dad, casting to rising trout with my dads help because I was too small to maneuver the rod. Before I was even in kindergarten my dad would lay out an assortment of hooks and material on his fly bench before he left for school and I would tie crazy, colorful creations most of the day. (The lady who babysat me must have been pleased!) I still have a bunch of these "Flies" and I must say they ain't too bad for a 4-5 year old,. So, as I grew up we started fishing the Erie tributaries and eventually ventured to New York for fall and spring Steelhead/Browns. We used countless egg patterns and in the 70's the famous Sucker Spawn became a hot fly. I used it, along with other egg patterns, with great success everywhere. Eggs became a staple of my fly box and I used them in the winter and spring in all the Pennsylvania streams I fished. They always caught fish when days were slow. As time went by fall trips to NY and Erie became a regular thing. Every year a group of 6-10 of us would get together and fish for Salmon, Stelhead and Browns on all the magnificent streams in Ohio, PA and NY.

So, a few years ago, I believe it was 2011, after one of these unforgettable trips to the Salmon River in NY, I was thinking of tying a new egg pattern and the thought of making a knot came to me. After experimenting with countless methods and materials I perfected the Knotty Egg. I took a bunch fishing that following fall and, to even my surprise, was amazed at the success. Over the next year I added colors and made tweaks to the pattern. Fisherman started having AMAZING success on my fly and everyone told me "You need to market this fly!!" So, I put a web site together and here we are! People ask me all the time..."How did you come up with the idea of this fly??!!" I just tell them that as I was driving around one day after a fishing trip the idea of this fly just came to me. So I went home and started experimenting.   My friends say "Most guys are driving around thinking about girls but you are thinking about fly patterns!"   I guess my background makes me different than most folks.

Well, there you have it. This is my first Blog so sorry it is kind of long. Many more to follow. Anyway, give the Knotty Egg a try. You won't be disappointed!