|By Andy Bliss | 10/15/2013
When Pautzke introduced their line of Fire Brine I, like most of you, thought it was made to color and brine “fish” baits. When I was told that Fire Brine could be used to cure eggs, too, it opened up a whole new world of opportunities!
Personally, I started using blue Fire Brine to make blue eggs. Blue is very popular color in the winter when we fish steelhead on the Salmon River.
Then, I played around with some purple brine and made purple eggs. Unfortunately, the blue didn’t work because they looked like liquid Advil capsules and my color was off. They were too bright. However, the purple eggs did work. We caught steelhead on them.
Meanwhile, lately I’ve had my head wrapped around catching kings. We know orange, red and pinks work for kings, but I decided to experiment and thought to myself, what color eggs would kings like? I quickly learned they love chartreuse and green cured eggs! Think about it. Ever noticed most hot king plugs have green or chartreuse in them? Then why not try a chartreuse or green egg?
Maybe I’m on to something here, I thought?
How did I make my eggs green and chartreuse? I began by curing my skeins in Natural Fire Cure. I do this to get the sulfite in the eggs. Then, I add the color. After a little experimenting and consulting with fellow Pautzke crazy Kevin Davis, we found to get the most vibrant color out of your egg the best process is to add Natural Fire Cure to your eggs, as normal, and let them let them sit at room temperature for 3-4 hours. At this point your eggs will “juice out”.
This is when you want to add your color. I like to add enough Fire Brine to cover the eggs. If you want green eggs then use green Fire Brine or chartreuse Fire Brine for chartreuse eggs. It’s that simple.
At this point I put the eggs into the fridge for 2-4 days. At the end of that time period you can remove the egg from the bag and drain the brine. Your eggs are ready to go!
Davis and I have experimented with the green and chartreuse eggs on the Oswego River this fall and had some success. We’ve caught salmon on them, but I still think pink is best and natural second. However, you have to be prepared when the bite gets tough. And, sometimes when it’s tough the green and chartreuse eggs are what they want.
Editor’s Note: Pautzke pro Andy Bliss operates Chasin’ Tail Adventures. For more info on his fall salmon trips on the Oswego River in Upstate NY please visit http://www.chasintailadventures.com/.