Stink or not to Stink


One of the biggest debates we hear with our beads is about how they are scented. This seems like it has been a debate before what seems the beginning of time. There are many scents to consider when fishing and they can be specific to individual fish species. You can buy anything from garlic, craw fish, shrimp or even coffee. Personally, I really never paid much attention to any of the scents for fishing. All I ever thought is that they made all your gear smell like you left the coffee shop or you were trying to keep vampires away.

As an avid bow hunter I am probably one of the most scent conscious people you have ever seen. From scent free soaps, Ozonics and storage totes Being scent conscious has been a key to my success in the field. Most people look at me like I am crazy. When I put the amount of time that I do into controlling my scent, I have always tried to put the odds in my favor. It’s all about percentages to me. If I do 10 seemingly useless things 1% better, I feel I have a 10% or better chance than I did prior. So why didn’t I use scent or cover scent while fishing? To be honest with you it was straight laziness and I hated my gear spelling like crap all the time. Like for real who wants to go home smelling like dead crawfish.


Enough of the B.S. lets get to why I made Death Roe soft scented beads smell like anise. Studies have shown that both trout and salmon’s key in on scents both good and bad. They are able to pick up on the chemical signals by pumping water through their olfactory systems via tiny hairs called cilia. It’s a proven fact that fish can detect odors as low as parts per billion. This is one way that salmon can smell where they were born to come back and spawn.

Anise scent is a very powerful sweet scent that both trout and salmon species seem to like. They seem to like sweeter scents that mimic the taste of shrimp that taste is in their DNA, and derives back to their original origins eating shrimp and other crustaceans in the open ocean. Another big thing to circle back on is the cover up benefits that most people seem to miss. People don’t think about the gas station pump they touched on the way to go fishing or the grease on their hands from working on their vehicle from the night before. These scents are very unnatural to their habitat, unless you fishing Onondaga Lake here in NY. Not only does our scent help attract fish, it helps cover unnatural orders. The anise scent that we use is 100% pure anise oil, this stuff is very strong and one of the most expensive components in our product. We strongly believe this is one of those things that increase your percentages. The majority of your strikes will be visual strikes but the combination of the soft scented bead will make them hold on longer.



For a newbie egg colors can be intimidating or confusing as to why there are so many colors when it comes to trout beads. “glow nuke'“, “flaked out colors” or hell….BUBBLE GUM? Yes there is a purpose to almost every color and many different reasons why for so many different color and size options. Colors that are bright and opaque such as Barnes Bomber and Orange Krush are great for low light and stained or darker fresh waters from a thaw or fresh water rise. Opaque (non-translucent) colors help to not leak light through the egg therefore no light will penetrate and leak its color qualities, presenting the most potent color display possible.

STAGE 1 FRESH/LIVE EGG- Fresh eggs appear translucent/clear with tints of gold, yellow and orange or even red from salmon. Colors like Fire and Nat Roe are the go to colors when fresh fish are in the waters. When a fresh run is suspected, it’s very likely that you won’t be the only one at the stream stretching drifts. As angler pressure rises through the first hours of the day, a lot of the fish can be spooked and pressured and that where the Nat Roe, or Fire colors will be a great pick.

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STAGE 2. FRESH DEAD EGG- After a few days or even a week after eggs have landed in the beds of the stream and water temps around 40-45 degrees, eggs will become damaged from UV rays of the sun leaving the eggs to become opaque. Colors that have glow like The Nuke, work great because of the UV color effects. Rose’, Pumpkin, the Ghost Pearl Series are great colors.

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STAGE 3. DEAD EGG BITE- With time, eggs that are banged around and aged tend to get larger in size from water log and turn really opaque. Larger 5/16 or 3/8 Cheese, Bubble Gum, Dead Roe, Super Nova are great starters for the opaque line up for dead egg bites.

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Fishing high stained waters

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Fishing High Stained Waters

After getting a week of sub zero temps and in all hopes of escaping for a few quick drifts at some local tribs, fishing depression kicked in. Last year this time it was nothing to do 5 plus fish a day! The cold temps affected majority of stream and creeks as they froze over to well over 3 inches thick, and resulting of tribs mouths to close up completely. Watching the forecast like a hawk we started to see some hope for warmer weather. The cold eventually tampered off and along came some warm weather to start the thaw process. I gave it 3 days of mild weather before I decided to hit a local creek…Is I pull up to one of the creeks I was either pumped to not see any cars, or bummed meaning that there are no fish just yet as I didn’t see any other anglers. Its very often that I am the only one fishing a creek when others doubt any activity. The water was very stained and flowing pretty fast. I went to a hole and fished the tail of the hole. The first drift rewarded me a nice steelhead . I was using a color called Barnes Bomber. A soft bead by Death Roe. I hooked into a few more at the tail and in no time, crickets …..I switched up the color and went with a small 1/4 size “UV” color and targeted the outside seams and edges of the shore and did a few more fish (like the picture above). I did 7 total fish in about 1 1/2 hours. I left the stream around noon and went back around 4pm to fish with my son and just in a matter of 4 hours the creek came up so much that it wasn’t event fishable. It's incredible how fast a creek can change their minds. The very next day I went back and the creek came back down with clear waters and did very well with 6 fish. I bought almost even amounts of browns and steelies.

Can’t catch fish sitting on the couch!!

You will never know what the fish are doing and how the conditions are unless you go out and see for your self. I talk with a lot of anglers who say the “tribs aren’t ready yet”, and very often, as long as I know there is water and low, there should be fish during certain times of the year. So go out and be pro active in finding some great fishing. This week the savvy fisherman is waiting out the snow storm and counting on the warm days ahead at the end of the week for a nice thaw and prime fishing once again.

Written by Marc Balistreri