How To Tie Egg Sacs for Steelhead Fishing

How To tie egg sacs for steelhead fishingSteelhead can be caught with a wide variety of bait, including maggots, hair jigs and trout or salmon eggs, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Eggs sacs are created by encasing a group of fish eggs in a piece of mesh to form a ball about the size of a nickle or dime. These sacs are sometimes referred to as spawn sacs or spawn bags. Making egg sacs is time consuming, but the process is not difficult once you learn the basic techniques.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spawn sac netting
  • Cured fish eggs
  • Plastic spoon
  • Magic thread
  • Scissors
Step 1
Cut a four-inch square from the spawn sac netting material. This material can be purchased from bait and tackle shops in a variety of colors.
Step 2
Scoop up about 10 fish eggs gently with a plastic spoon to avoid damaging the eggs. Place the eggs in the center of the netting material.
Step 3
Cut a four- to six-inch length of magic thread. This thread is available where spawn sac netting is sold and will make tying the egg sacs easier, because you do not need to knot the thread.
Step 4
Gather the corners of the netting material around the eggs and twist the material so that the eggs are held in place in a small ball.
Step 5
Wrap the magic thread around the base of the ball tightly three times. Pull on the end of the thread to make sure that it is tight.
Step 6
Repeat step 5 to make sure that the eggs are held tightly in place. The magic thread is elastic and should hold the egg sac together.
Step 7
Trim away any excess netting from the sac so that it resembles a ball.

Tips & Warnings

Vary the amount of fish eggs in each sac to change the sizes of the finished egg sacs.

Article Written By Kittie McCoy

Kittie McCoy has been a freelance writer since 2008. She is also a part-time personal trainer and licensed entertainer in Las Vegas. She enjoys sharing her love of physical fitness and experience in the entertainment industry via her writing.

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