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Egg sacs

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I live in Ohio and since I retired, I decided I wanted to take up fishing, especially for steelheads.  I’ve been doing as much reading about them online that I can, but I still have a few things that are causing me to scratch my head.

Steelheads are supposed to like trout eggs especially.  I have some in my freezer right now, but I’ll be darned if I can figure out how to get them to hold together on the hook.  I’ve read something about rolling them around in borax so that they’ll ‘milk’ into the water, but don’t the eggs just separate once they hit the water?  Someone said something about egg sacs, but I can’t tell what those are, either.  Help!

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  1. Phil Boyd on Feb 09, 2013 Reply

    They do like trout eggs, and they’ll go for salmon eggs pretty readily, too.

    The way to make an egg sac or egg sack is to take a little bit of nylon mesh and put the eggs inside it, making a globule of nylon-enclosed eggs not much bigger than a dime. Blue nylon seems to work pretty well, but since the eggs are visible through the mesh anyway, you can experiment with pretty much whatever color strikes your fancy (or that you have on hand).

    I’d say the eggs themselves are a lot more important to the results than the color of the nylon mesh used to make the egg sack.

    Hopefully it’ll work out for you! Good luck!!!

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  2. Andy on Feb 10, 2013 Reply

    Many bait and tackle shops sell pre-made egg sacs, but you can make your own.

    Curing the eggs is easy, but you need to work quickly so they don’t go off.

    When you are cleaning your trout, remove and keep the egg sacs intact – they’ll be attached to a tough membrane which keeps them together. This is what you are going to be using to make this fish bait.

    Cut into the eggs in three inch strips. Grab a pan and put some borax over the bottom of it.

    Put the strips of the egg sack into the pan and cover with another layer of the borax.
    Let the eggs dry out for about three days.

    Once they’re cured, they become tough, so you can literally bounce them along the river bed.

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