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: Salmon Setup

09-27-2013, 01:11 PM
Hey guys,

First off I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Mike I'm from PA and am brand new to fly fishing my boss and some friends have been trying to get me into if for a while so I finally took the jump!

I bought my first fly fishing setup a few weeks ago. Went to my local Orvis dealer and told him I wanted a decent all around setup that I could use for Bass (small & large), Steelhead, & Salmon. He suggested an 8wt 10ft Clearwater rod & Clearwater LA IV reel w/ Hydros WF 8wt line.

I've used it in my local river for smallmouth bass and so far it has been great...well as great as any outfit with somebody who has no clue what they are doing using it! lol

I am going to Salmon River in Pulaski on Tuesday for a 6 day salmon fishing trip. One friend told me to forget using a fly fishing leader as I will go through a ton of cash. I was told to attach a 4 ft section of 14lbs test fluoro line to my fly line. Then attach a swivel with another 4ft section of 12 lbs test fluoro as my tippet. Place 3 large split shots on the leader right above the swivel. Also, was told to run an egg sucking leech as the fly with a foot and a half section of 12 lbs test fluoro from the hook to a salmon egg fly.

Just curious how you guys feel about this setup. If you like some parts and not others I'd love to hear your opinions. Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Also, being new to fly fishing I was also told to take a heavy weight spinning rod with a similar setup.


*I originally posted this in "Classic Atlantic Salmon" thread and realized I posted it in the wrong place. Sorry for the double post!

10-03-2013, 04:52 PM
check your pm's

Green Ghost
10-03-2013, 10:21 PM
Might be too late to save your delicate 8 weight. The fish in Pulaski are like hooking trains and Hopefully you hooked a few. Often having a lighter 8 pound or less tippet gives you a chance to break them off when you cannot chase them, or control them in crowded conditions. I like a heavier rod but a lighter leader gets you off the hook on the chasing. I would not want to try an break 12 pound flouro with an 8 weight!