How to Tie Egg Sacs for Steelhead Fishing


Egg sacs, also known as spawn sacs, are a common bait for catching trout, salmon and steelhead in rivers and streams. These baits are made from the eggs of these very fish, and there are times during spawning seasons when they will strike nothing else. Egg sacs are widely available in bait shops, but you can easily make your own with a few simple supplies.

Gathering Your Supplies

  • The key ingredient is the cured eggs of trout or salmon. Several bait companies sell cured eggs. Another option is to harvest eggs from freshly caught fish and cure them yourself. To complete the egg sacs, you also need a pair of scissors, squares of netting material and a spool of magic thread, a variety of thread that stretches when pulled and shrinks when relaxed. It also sticks to itself, eliminating the need for knots. Magic thread and egg sac netting are available in bait shops that carry trout and salmon fishing supplies.

Tying Egg Sacs

  • Lay a square of netting material on a flat surface, and then place a cluster of eggs about the size of a dime in the center of the square. Gather the four corners of the netting between your thumb and index finger, and use your other hand to twist the cluster of eggs until the netting is tight. Wrap the magic thread around the stem of the egg sac three times and pull it tight; then let the thread relax, wrap it three more times and pull it tight again. For the finishing touch, trim away the excess thread and netting with a pair of scissors.

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