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Fishing the Salmon River...

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Normally when I fish the Salmon River in the Fall I have used spinning gear because of the ease of use during the madness of the King run. But I would like to start fly fishing the river now that I am getting more into the sport. What would be a good rod/reel weight for me to get started with. I would also like to use the rod for steelhead, smallmouth bass here at home, and even some largemouth at some nearby farm pounds. Could it be possible to get a rod to cover bases from salmon to bass. I don't want to buy something expensive for fear of breaking, and for the fact that I only go up maybe once or twice a year. I am open to any suggestions you might have...I am not expert in this realm but would love to hear from some. Thanks!

Posted on: 2013/9/16 14:37


Re: Fishing the Salmon River...

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Your Answer

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I have an LL Bean rod and I love it, but how are those reels? Usually when you but a "combo" outfit you get a less than great reel with it, and with Steelhead he's going to need a reliable drag.

To answer the question of wt. 8-10 wt. would work for all of what you mentioned.

Posted on: 2013/9/16 14:47


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My 8 weight Loomis GL2 from the swap forum.

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Re: Fishing the Salmon River...

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I'd go with an 8wt. Anything heavier will be too much for bass and steelhead.

Don't ever be dissatisfied with a purchase. Do your research and get what you want. No use in buying something that you're either going to hate, or will break on you in the next year. If you need to save up, then do so.

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Re: Fishing the Salmon River...

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I have landed Kings and Steel on that reel. I have beat the crap out of that set up due to not caring about it. It has yet to fail me and such I fish salmon\steel maybe 5 times a year. It is good enough. This is just my opinion and obviously not everybody else's.

Posted on: 2013/9/16 15:05
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8 wt. reddington crosscurrent outfit will do the trick. GG

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I have landed Kings and Steel on that reel. I have beat the crap out of that set up due to not caring about it. It has yet to fail me and such I fish salmon\steel maybe 5 times a year. It is good enough. This is just my opinion and obviously not everybody else's.



My comment was more to the OP about saying he didn't want to buy anything expensive due to possibly breaking it and not using it too often. The Bean combo probably is a great rod and reel for the job he wants it to do. I've owned a good big of LLBean gear over the years and have enjoyed it. Their warranty is hard to beat as well. My advise would to go there and test cast it.

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Re: Fishing the Salmon River...

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the diamondback 8wt or 9wt in the swap forum...

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Re: Fishing the Salmon River...

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My comment was based on personal experience, I've never used a LLBean "combo". You say you've landed salmon & steelhead on it, therefore it must be a decent reel.

My experiences were with St. Croix & Reddington combos, the reels in my opinion were lacking.

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It is nothing fancy and if you obviously going to use it more times then me, then buy a better reel. It gets the job done and I know if a fish ever explodes it it will be replaced. Just my opinion. You can upgrade over time.

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Re: Fishing the Salmon River...

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I got a cheap 9' 8 wt. rod and reel set from Cabelas, Wind River is the name, I think. This is my third year on it fishing for kings and cohos on the SR. I have yet to get up there in prime steelhead season but plan on that this year. Kings and cohos really beat up and rod and real but this one has been adequate thus far. I would not spend a bundle on a rod and line but a decent reel is helpful and would be a good investment.

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I use a 9 wt 9 ft for salmon, and a 6 wt. 9ft for steel. Both are Loomis IMX rods, very stiff and fast, but others prefer and they are probably right that a somewhat slower rod is better.
Can anyone tell me when the Atlantics start running?

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