The Egg Sucking Ice Tiger is a great steelhead / salmon fly that can be tied either using a standard saltwater or steelhead hook, or on a leashed shank fly. You’ll need to use a clipped shank or an OPST Steelhead shank to allow the cone to slip onto the shank. In this video, we tied the fly using a clipped saltwater hook and a wire leash. The pattern is more or less an egg sucking leach, but it is tied with a Spirit River UV dyed blue barred rabbit zonker and some icey Superfly marabou. While this fly is tied for steelhead, it would also make a perfect fly to tie on when you are targeting pike, bass and tarpon.
If you don’t have a tube vise to hold the shank, you can just use the regular vise jaws, but just be careful not to put too much pressure on the hook. Another alternative for shanks would be the OPST Shank Chuck Tool.
Egg Sucking Ice Tiger
Shank: 30mm shank or #2-2/0 hook
Bead: 1/4” Fl. Fire Orange cone
Thread: Fire Orange 6/0 (140 d)
Leash: 20lb braided intruder wire
Tail: Two-tone white/blue barred zonker
Collars: Black and dark blue marabou
Flash: Junebug Flashabou 15 strands
Wing: White bucktail
Collar: Silver Dr. Blue schlappen