Anyone who tells you there is a be-all-end-all egg color that never fails is full of it. I’ve had days when light pink outfished everything else. The next day it wouldn’t get touched; chartreuse was the top producer. The day after that, the fish would hit any color egg I drifted. Hot colors can change by the hour in steelheading, but the trick to making sure you have the right color on hand is to stop worrying about color and think in tones. I break down egg flies into lights, brights, and darks. For example, baby pink, tan, or pale peach would fall under light, chartreuse or fluorescent orange under bright, and blue or deep red under dark. Generally speaking, sunlight and water-clarity conditions dictate a hot tone, and as long as you have a small variety of eggs in each category, you’ll find one that’s going to get bit more often than all the others. If it stops getting chewed, change colors within that tone before branching out into a different category unless you’ve noticed a big condition change, like clouds giving way to bright sun.