Salmon tackle tips
Follow these recommended guidelines in salmon tackle for the best results:
- Line is the most important component of your gear, so purchase the best that you can afford. For Chinook salmon use a line strength of 20-40 lbs and for other salmon 15-20 should work well. A large sized reel is necessary, with some two hundred yards of line. The leader should be four or five feet long, and with a swivel sinker, or a swivel alone in fly fishing. The rod should also be sturdy and flexible at the end.
- There are several different techniques used to angle for salmon and this may vary depending on where, when and what you are fishing for. Fishing with artificial flies is often very successful, the flies being made of bright reds, oranges, pinks and fluorescent colors.
- In water that has good current flow, bottom-bouncing eggs is also a popular method using a bobber and egg presentations. The egg presentations may be of cured roe or the artificial type. A common method of attaching line to hook leaving a convenient loop for roe is using the egg loop snell. Learn how to tie an egg loop.
- In casting, you have the choice of a multitude of lures, spoons, and spinners. Cast out to your targeted spot & then reel it back. You will have to experiment as to whether you start reeling immediately or wait until the lure has sunk to a desired depth.
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