SALMON FISHING TACKLE
For most people, one image comes to mind when someone mentions salmon: an excited fish dramatically swimming against the current and jumping up waterfalls. You’ll be glad to know that streams aren’t the only place salmon are found.
Fishing salmon can be an immensely rewarding experience; but as a wise man once told me, “before fun, comes preparation”. Let’s have a look at some of the fishing equipment you’ll need on your trip:
Waders are waterproof footwear that extend all the way to the waist or chest area. If you don’t feel like bringing out your boat and want to get closer to the fish rather than cast from the shore, waders are the way to go. Sometimes physically being in the water can have a calming effect and make you feel like you are “one with the fish”. Don’t know if that last part does much for your overall fishing technique, but it wouldn’t hurt to try.
Rod and Reel
We just talked about how salmon have the strength to swim against the current and leap out of the water. That strength doesn’t suddenly disappear when they feel trapped. Salmon can put up one heck of a fight when caught, and the fact that they can weigh up to 25 pounds doesn’t help matters. We’re not suggesting you start buffing up for your showdown against the fish, we just recommend you take time to pick out a strong, quality rod-and-reel combo that can manage a little extra stress.
There are a wide variety to choose from. Try a 10-12’ rod to start. For the reel, we suggest you look into ones with disc drags. They provide added inner resistance and a consistent level of restraint. Both come in handy when you’re wrestling with fish that’s trying to make a break for it.
A 15-30 pound fishing line should do the trick.
While you have a wide variety of lures to choose from, you’ll want to be careful with your final selection. It could mean the difference between a successful and a hella-stressful fishing trip. Fish differ in what they find attractive. You may want to do a little research to find out what kind of salmon you’re most likely to catch in your area and the kind of lure they respond to. You may even find that bait works best. In this case bait means any substance that fish can actually feed on – bits of food, critters (alive or dead). Lures are artificial bait. Ones that the fish can’t consume and so can be used over and over.
You will want to use a slip bobber to keep your lure or bait at a certain depth. The advantage of the slip bobber over a fixed one lies in the adjustability. Fixed bobbers become a nightmare when you would like to attach a long line to your hook. Most only work with a few feet. That becomes a problem when you know that the fish you’re hunting swim much deeper. Slip bobbers allow the line to slide through them. Meaning you can cast the setup as usual, and then adjust for depth after the bobber is already in the water.
Since you’re working with a slip bobber you’ll need to ensure you’ve properly set its stop. Otherwise your line will keep sliding through, lowering your bait deeper and deeper in the water. After measuring for the level of depth you’d like to fish at, tie a uni-knot before the bobber and string through a sizeable bead. The knot stops the bead, and the bead stops the bobber. This setup keeps the bobber from wandering higher than its supposed to.
Don’t forget to attach some split shot weights to your line. Fishing too close to the surface will hardly yield any success. And there you have it: tips on what tools you’ll need for a successful salmon fishing adventure.