By Brad Wagner | 10/23/2013
I’ve been working on egg cures my entire life. However, the new method I’ve been using may be my effective ever for fall run Chinook. It has been out fishing my other egg cures 5-1 and is simple and quick. Rather than waiting on powder cures that can take longer these eggs are ready to fish next day.
The cure I’m using now isn’t revolutionary. I’m sure others do it, too, but it’s been working great for me. Follow these easy steps and you won’t be disappointed.
The Wagner New Cure
Step 1: Cut or Leave Whole
Cut the egg skeins into bite size pieces (this also works equally well curing whole skeins). In fact, you’ll want to leave in whole skeins if you don’t know what size clusters you’ll be using.
Step 2: Add Fire Power
Sprinkle the eggs with Fire Power (powdered krill). I personally use a generous coating on one side.
Step 3: Add Fire Cure
Sprinkle Fire Cure lightly on the roe. I use mostly red in the clear water we are fishing now. I am going to use these eggs for fall run Hanford Reach kings (Columbia River for those of you in other parts of North America) but if I was curing eggs for steelhead fishing I’d use BorX o Fire instead of Fire Cure.
Step 4: Bag Em
Place roe in a gallon size Ziploc. Gently shake and turn the bag to coat them evenly.
Step 5: Add Fire Brine
Pour in enough Fire Brine to cover all the eggs well. I used about half a bottle to cure these eggs in the picture. I let the eggs soak in the Fire Brine mixture for 4-6 hours. If your eggs are starting to get firm it’s time to remove them from the brine.
Step 6: Strain
This next step may vary depending on if your wife is home or not, but being single this is how I do it. I take the strainer from the cupboard, put in the sink, pour the eggs in and shake off the excess brine. Remember to wash sink quick as the eggs will stain it if left on there for a while.
Step 7: Dry Time
Lay the eggs on a few layers of paper towels. Place a layer over the top also to dry off the excess Fire Brine. You can just dab them on the paper towels quickly for a sloppy gooey egg or leave up to overnight for a firmer egg that will fish a little longer.
Myself, I like them right in the middle. I leave them wrapped in paper towels for 3-4 hours, which is perfect for what I am doing. The fish don’t seem to argue this.
Step 8: Storage
After they are cured the way you like put them in a jar and keep them cold. This is very important with all baits. If you want to freeze them I’d put them in a vacuum seal bag, but don’t seal it!
Freeze them for a day then take out of the freezer and seal them gently so you don’t crush the eggs and end up with a gooey mess. If you follow these simple instructions I think you will be happy with the final product and hopefully have more success cause of it.
Editor’s Note: Brad Wagner operates Bobber Down Guide Service in Central Washington. For more info on his salmon and steelhead trips please visit http://www.fishwenatchee.com/.