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Does anyone happen to know of some alternative for treating roe. I find everytime we go out and I use the roe treated in borax, my finger tips are basically chewed - dried out - that nice sand paper feeling :happy:
 

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Last Sunday, I used roe for the first time since the early 1990s. Wow, I forgot how effective it was, as I saw some dudes catching springs with it. They gave me some to use with my drift gear, after getting skunked on my fly. But I kind of have a dumb question. ??? I know some guys cure their roe with the borax from the grocery store (the soap kind, in the green box), which can't be good for the river or environment...but seems to cure roe ok, as I seen it done years ago. Then I read an article that the "real" borax is the one from the drug store, a compound, not the soap. I tried looking for the "real" borax years ago and could never find any. Does anyone know where to get the original "real" borax? Now that I'm getting into my drifting and centerpin again, I'm on the hunt.

I know there's the dyed stuff in stores, but I'm not crazy about that stuff as the quality is a concern. But will use it if I have to.
 

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borax is not soap......it is a naturally occuring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water and i am talking about the green box you buy in grocery stores.....it does not contain phosphates or chlorine so i am quite sure the little bit thats gets dissapated in the river would cause no harm to the environment at all......have used this stuff for roe for many years with great success
 

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nocoho said:
borax is not soap......it is a naturally occuring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water and i am talking about the green box you buy in grocery stores.....it does not contain phosphates or chlorine so i am quite sure the little bit thats gets dissapated in the river would cause no harm to the environment at all......have used this stuff for roe for many years with great success
Borax will cause less harm than all the lead being left in the water from the dredgers out there.
 

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give your fingers a quick little rinse in the river, then dry them off with a towel tied to your vest, creel, tackle box, or just use your t-shirt. I met one guy who use this salve called burt's bee's after fishing, worked for him.
 

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When I used to use roe, Pro cure was the best for me. :thumbup:
Even tried rock salt. It left my hands cracked and bleeding, an awful mess. :'(
Eventually went to making roe bags.
No longer use it due to bait bans in my area. :-[
 

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Thanks Shane and nocoho for the info on the borax. I must have read that article wrong and not looked into it further enough. I remember using that green box borax years ago and of some friend's, and I always thought it was the wrong stuff. Haha, now I feel better. I will buy some this week I think. :thumbup:

What do you guys think about the processed roe that they sell in the stores? Is it worth it? Maybe it's worth it for a guy like me since I use mostly plastic eggs, gooey-bobs, and flies. :beerchug:
 

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I used to use the usp refined borax you could get in the pharmacy.Was way more expensive.Did not notice a difference,but then I was mainly dusting up the roe after pro-curing.Not sure if you can still get it what with the meth/watch ingredient situation????
 

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Cured eggs have been one of the best produces for me over the years, a cure I like to use is sugar, salt borax and pro-glo bait die mixed in warm water and then rinsed in cold water and drained. The nice thing about this cure is you can do a lot of eggs or just a few. I tend to be curing large amounts of eggs at a time and this is a great cure for doing that. The suggestion of gloves is a great one, a lot of people wear gloves for masking the odors, and I don’t doubt that they help with that but when you fish eggs day after day your hands will become raw.

RD
 
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