By Terry J. Wiest

Is there anything more effective than good cured roe for salmon? Not that I’m aware of. I love to twitch for coho, but if I could only use one technique for all salmon, float fishing with eggs knocks the socks off any other technique.


Here’s what I do to rig up a float and egg setup for salmon:


  • Tie a bobber stop a few feet above the end of your mainline. I use 30lb Power Pro for salmon and steelhead.


  • Thread line through a bead. The hole of the bead must be small enough to stop when it hits the bobber stop (the whole idea of the bobber stop). The bead also acts as a bumper between the bobber stop and the float.


  • Thread the line through your float. I’m partial to West Coast style floats, but any float will do as long as it’s sufficient to maintain buoyancy with 1-3 ounces of lead with a cluster of eggs in tow. In slower and shallow water use one ounce. Meanwhile, deeper and faster water is best with two-to-three ounces. You want the bait to fall into the zone, but not take the float down with it.


  • Now that your line is through the float, thread another bead on as a bumper between the float and a swivel yet to be tied.