While roe will always be the number one bait for steelhead, the Poor Man’s Glo Bug (aka “yarn tie” or “yarnie”) will hold its own in most drift fishing situations.
Really, what’s not to like? They look great underwater and have an almost translucent look to ’em. Poor Man’s Glo Bugs also hold scent very well and drift in an extremely natural way. PMGBs are super simple and easy to tie — and you can do it right on the river bank. Here’s how:
Start with several 3-4 inch strands of Glo Bug yarn:
And then, with a leader already attached to your hook (a No. 2-4 octopus style) via an egg loop, take and slip the yarn strands through the egg loop:
Next, cinch the knot down tightly and pull all the yarn strands straight up:
With a set of extremely sharp fly-tying scissors, cut the pulled yarn into a dome shape…again, keep everything tight!
Then, fluff and pull on the yarn ends to form a ball:
Don’t worry, your PMGB won’t look too sexy at this point, but when you drop ‘er into the water, you’ll start to get the idea…
And, hopefully, this will be the end result: