How to Attach a Salmon Roe to a Fish Hook


Salmon roe is an effective bait for a variety of species. The row is a long sack of eggs that anglers commonly use to catch trout, salmon and steelhead. Because the bait is sensitive, you must attach it to the hook carefully. Failure to secure the row to the hook will increase the chances of losing the bait while fishing. The bait will eventually become lost, but a secure connection may last through several fish and will prevent a shortage during your fishing trip.

  • Pull the tag end of the line through the bottom of the eye of the hook. Pull several inches of line through and hold it against the top of the hook with your fingers. You must pinch the line and hook in a firm grasp.

  • Wrap the main line around the hook beginning at the eye. Wrap the line 20 times to secure the initial section of line to the hook shank.

  • Grab the tag end of the initial section of line that is pinched between your fingers. Place the tag end of the line through the top of the eye of the hook to create an open loop. Make six additional wraps with the main stem of the line to secure the loop in place.

  • Place the salmon roe through the loop while holding the wraps in place. Grasp the tag end that is extended through the eye of the hook and pull on the tag until the knot is tightened around the hook. Clip each of the tag ends.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you attach the initial row, the knot is semi-permanent, and you must tie it again for each new roe. Pretie several hooks with the loop to maximize your fishing time.
  • The knot will slip or break if the wraps are not snug. Do not overlap or make loose wraps around the hook.

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