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Classic Atlantic Salmon No pursuit rivals salmon rivers, flies & legacy

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Old 02-07-2007, 05:41 AM
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My usual reaction to a dry take is to let the fish take it down and then set. Last year though, I had many difficulties with that technique until I finally wacked one with a quick strike right simultaniously with the take. Got that one. But regardless of your timing, that extra foot and the slight extra softness in my opinion is not as efficient as a slightly stiffer 9 footer when setting hooks with drys.....regardless of when you strike.
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Old 02-11-2007, 04:49 PM
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Our rod of choice is the Sage SLT 890. I believe i now own 5 or 6 of them for salmon fishing. We have caught fish up to 40 pounds with no problems.
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Old 03-21-2007, 01:44 PM
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And what about reels & backing?

Just recycling this thread as I'm embarrassed to admit that with all of the two-handed fishing I've been doing, I haven't landed a really big salmonid on a single hander in four or five years. I think the last time a big salmonid took me into my backing on a single hander was in '99 on the Mo'.

Thinking back, a general rule was, "smaller rivers need less reel" simply because the fish ran less with less room. Most were reluctant to leave the pool. For the Gaspé, I'm looking at 100 yards of 30 lb. as judging by the pictures of the rivers, if a fish ever got 100 yards downstream of me, it's into the third or fourth pool by then and it's definitely a gonner. Given what I can see of the rivers, backing is more for filling up the reel.

Right? Wrong? I'll be using a stiff 8 wt. 9 footer -- when I'm not using two hands.
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Old 03-21-2007, 04:12 PM
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Peter, 100 yds will probably do, but I always have about 150 on my reels. Certainly, I don't remember needing all of that, but I've had fish that I was worried about.
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:49 PM
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Thanks Bill, that simplifies my choices, as not all of my 8 wt. reels are blessed with mounds of capacity.
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