By: Kyle Deavers
Most people know for the last several years I’ve been mixing BorX O Fire and Fire Cure to achieve the perfect egg for floating fishing for salmon. I still use that cure daily. However, toward the end of last season I started to use BorX O Fire and Fire Dye on my eggs and have fined tuned the process this fall. To be honest the BorX O Fire/Fire Dye cure is becoming my new favorite.
Why am I starting to use this new process more? Several reasons. This is the simplest egg cure I’ve ever done and it takes less time. I can literally use this cure and be fishing the eggs the next morning. Even better, there’s no way you can mess this egg cure up. It’s also a great cure for beginners who are intimidated by curing eggs. What also impresses me about adding Fire Dye to your cure is the colors are super rich and stay vibrant longer than if you used only a powder cure.
The following is the exact recipe I’ve been using this season to catch Great Lakes salmon. And, yes it is this easy.
The BorX O-Dye Cure
Fire Dye (the color varies)
Natural BorX O Fire
Fire Power (krill powder)
Step 1: Chunk It
Take blood-free skein and cut it into chunks the size you plan to fish. Then place them in a Ziploc.
Step 2: Dye It
Squirt Fire Dye into the Ziploc before you add BorX O Fire. I use about half a bottle per Ziploc. I prefer to use Orange, Gold, Red and Pink Fire Dye. Which color dye I uses often depends on the water clarity. I’ll leave the eggs in the Fire Dye for an hour. The skein absorbs the color in 15-20 minutes. However, just in case it somehow takes longer I leave them in for an hour. This way the color doesn’t fade.
*Fire Dye Notes/Tips
*Pink Fire Dye: The bottle says pink, but Pink Fire Dye makes the best red eggs I’ve ever seen. By red, I’m referring to Stop Sign red. This has been my best producer this fall.
(Below is a batch of Pink Fire Dye eggs I cured.)
*Red Fire Dye: this color will turn out a dark pink or light purple color. With that being said you have to use Natural BorX O Fire to hold that color. This color is ideal for off color water.
(Below is a batch of Red Fire Dye eggs I cured.)
*Orange/Gold: These colors of Fire Dye give you the exact color you’ll see in the bottle. This means Orange Fire Dye will give you an orange egg and some with gold. These are more natural colors, which are ideal in clear water.
(Below is a batch of Gold Fire Dye eggs I cured.)
Step 3: BorX O It
At this point I’ll try and drain any excess juice in the bag, which won’t be a lot. Then sprinkle Natural BorX O Fire in the bag. Sprinkle enough to cover the top layer of the eggs. Unlike Fire Cure, BorX O Fire doesn’t burn your eggs if you use too much. Seal the Ziploc and tumble the bag in your hands repeatedly to try and get the cure/dye in all the folds of the eggs.
Step 4: Add More Power
I put a layer of Fire Power (krill powder) over the eggs. Many Great Lakes anglers still haven’t heard of this stuff, but it’s become my favorite product Pautzke makes. It’s literally krill, which Great Lakes salmon love. On tough days my eggs that have krill in them (Fire Power) outperform any other eggs I have. That scent has been money this year (and last season).
(Below is what Fire Power looks like.)
Step 5: Let ‘em Cure
Leave the eggs at room temperature overnight. They’ll be ready to fish in the morning.
*Pautzke Fire Dye is available at some Great Lakes retailers and also at FishUSA.com, Cabela