The Egg Loop is an essential knot for steelhead and salmon fishing but takes a bit of practice to learn. One of the reasons it’s hard to learn is every video I have found shows it from the reverse perspective — as if you are watching somebody tie it in person. In this vid, we shot from that angle but also from the first person view — so you can see how it looks as if you were tying it yourself!
If you’ve ever dealt with loose, soft roe that just won’t stay on the hook, this video is for you!
Making spawn sacks is a quick and easy solution for soupy eggs. Spawn sacks (aka “egg bags”) are also extremely useful when you are fishing in an area that’s loaded with bait stealers like chubs, smolt, trout and squawfish, etc.
A roe fishing ban for salmon and steelhead on the Smith River in Northern California has been proposed to the California Fish and Game Commission. Now, lots of guys are already going off the deep end thinking this has already been passed. As of early Nov., 2016, it’s simply a proposal that has yet to even go in front of the Commission, so don’t get all panicky yet!
Proposed by Ted Souza, a long time Smith River angler, commercial fisherman and river activist, the regulation change (if it were to happen) calls for a total ban of the use of roe for salmon and steelhead fishing. In the official documents filed with the Commission, Souza states that roe is such an effective bait that many hens are killed just for their eggs — hens that are more valuable to the overall fishery. He also claims that catch and release mortality is higher when fish eat eggs as opposed to artificials.
Also included in the proposal is a total fishing closure above the Forks on the Middle and South Fork Smith in November and December to protect spawning salmon.
At this point, a proposal has only been filed and received by the Fish & Game Commission. The Direction to grant, deny, or refer requests input will take place at the Commission meeting on Dec 7-8, in San Diego.
I’ve long believed that, while they aren’t technically supposed to be eating in freshwater, King salmon “fall off the wagon” from time to time to gobble up something tasty like this glob of eggs. Case in point, check out this guy I shot with my Waterwolf camera. He swam about 20 feet across the pool to attack my bait…
After spending 3+ year out in the ocean eating everything that moves, it must be hard to turn off that instinct as soon as they hit the sweet water…
Down the hatch! If, as the old wives’ tale suggests: “They pick up the roe to put it back in the nest” held true, I wonder why this guy swallowed it? :)
Simply put: Kings love eggs!
Here’s yet another cool pic I shot last season of a king munching on a glob of sulfite-cured eggs. You always know you’ve got a cure the fish like when they mash it into white smoke!