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Old 07-20-2013, 09:16 AM
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Default Rod weight recommendation for michigan salmon

I am getting geared up for my fall salmon fishing trip to Michigan. I am going to have to buy a new rod and reel, as a 7 weight is the heaviest rod in my current arsenal. I was leaning toward buying a 9 weight in the 9 or 10 foot range. I was hoping for some local intel and opinions about whether this is the right choice. I am not a spey guy.
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What river are you planning on hitting?
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I can't speak to the rivers in Michigan, but I do fish the salmon runs in NE Wisconsin and I can't imagine the salmon are any bigger or tougher on the Michigan side. I've always done just fine on a 9 foot 8 weight for them.
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I can't speak to the rivers in Michigan, but I do fish the salmon runs in NE Wisconsin and I can't imagine the salmon are any bigger or tougher on the Michigan side. I've always done just fine on a 9 foot 8 weight for them.
No local knowledge, but a "+1" to the above. You can handle a hell of a fish on an 8wt rod.

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I can't speak to the rivers in Michigan, but I do fish the salmon runs in NE Wisconsin and I can't imagine the salmon are any bigger or tougher on the Michigan side. I've always done just fine on a 9 foot 8 weight for them.
I fish two 8 weights in Wisconsin and Michigan for salmon - a 890-4 Sage XP and an 8100-4 Loomis GLX Native Run paired with an Abel 3N. While both are effective for WI Kings, I felt under gunned in MI. In my opinion, the Kings are generally larger and stronger on the MI side of the lake. I bought a 990-4 Sage One for this year, paired with an Abel Super 9. Can I land fish in MI with the 8 wt? Yes, and I have. But why use an 8 weight when the 9 is - to me - the better tool for the job? Some of the guides use 10 weights in MI and I've used their rods. But I'm not blind casting a 10 all day.

If you plan of fishing the PM, get the 9 weight. You will not regret having the extra power and lifting power to pull those Salmon out of current.

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I use a 7 weight, but it's a 10 foot. The ten foot gives you better control on your drift and better feel overall. I would suggest an 8 or 9 weight, but try to get a 10 foot rod, which will be much harder to find, but well worth it.
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I am getting geared up for my fall salmon fishing trip to Michigan. I am going to have to buy a new rod and reel, as a 7 weight is the heaviest rod in my current arsenal. I was leaning toward buying a 9 weight in the 9 or 10 foot range. I was hoping for some local intel and opinions about whether this is the right choice. I am not a spey guy.
Good luck to you, that is a great location, I fish in the same areas as you-I use a 9'0" rod and 8 wt reel (Orvis rig for both) when in N.W.Mich. fishing for salmon.
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I will say that catching Michigan salmon on a 7 wt rod is very doable. Some may argue it's not ideal, maybe so, but it certainly is doable.
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A 9 or 10wt would be ideal.The fish this year seem to be running a little larger on average than the past few years. It seems like there are a lot of mid-twenty pound fish around already being taken by charters with some in the upper 20's and low 30's. That is more fish than I would want to mess with on a 7wt especially if they are fresh chromers. I use a 10 wt gl3 for salmon and it has worked and held up well for the last 13 years.
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