The sucker spawn fly originates from Central Pennsylvania, and it appears the inventor of the fly has been lost to history.|
However, the fly was reintroduced and reinvented (if you will) by Chuck Farneth in the early 1980’s. Chuck knew about the fly after he read an article in a magazine discussing the pattern. He began to tie the fly while
fishing with the staff at International Angler. Chuck soon discovered the unique characteristics of the base
material, Angora Yarn, and redesigned the fly by tying it on scud hooks (helps the fly take on a circular body shape to better imitate a fish egg). The original pattern called for the hooks to be straight shank hooks and did not call for the yarn to be split into the three strands which
comprise the yarn thread. Chuck split the material and tied all three smaller strands to the bend of the hook.
Because of its fish-catching rate, International Angler began selling the flies commercially in place of traditional Glo Bug patterns from the West Coast. Bob Shuey tied the flies for the shop on a commercial basis.
Bob is currently owner of Neshannock Creek Fly Shop. The
staff of International Angler; Tom Ference, Bob Shuey, Chuck Farneth, and Mark Sikora were the epicenter for popularizing the fly.
Angora Yarn has special properties which capture air bubbles. Sucker eggs are much smaller than trout,
salmon or steelhead eggs and these bubbles imitate the yoke sacks in small eggs. These bubbles also cause the fly to float up off the bottom placing the drift of the fly into the zone steelhead like to hold. Tied correctly, the fly takes on a spherical shape and imitates the spherical
nature of natural eggs.