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    Heading to Alaska for Silvers, Dollies and maybe trout. Going to bring an 7 wt with versa tip. Any idea what size leaders and tippets I should bring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser41 View Post
    Heading to Alaska for Silvers, Dollies and maybe trout. Going to bring an 7 wt with versa tip. Any idea what size leaders and tippets I should bring.
    Floating tip - 9 tapered foot 10-12 lb (for silvers), 9 foot tapered 6-8 lb (dollies, trout)
    Intermediate tip - same as above
    Type 3, 6, 8 (if you have an 8) - 3-5 feet of 10-12 lb tippet tied to your butt section, 3-5 feet of 6-8 lb tied to your butt section.

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    Hi Hoser,

    My favorite leaders for Salmon in Alaska is the Climax Salmon/Steelhead leaders in the 4' length. You will find that almost all of your Salmon fishing will be subsurface. With the 4' length you can add 2' of tippet and end up with a 6' I find that to be just about right for subsurface. Especially with an integrated sink tip line.

    Lets say you want a 10lb tippet. Buy the 12lb, 4' Salmon tapered leader and add 2' of 10lb tippet. So the one leader will work for 10lb or 12lb. I used this system for years and never felt deprived. Climax leaders use to be the most popular on the market. For some reason they are not near as popular as they were. There are other manufactures that also sell the short Salmon leaders.

    Frank





    Climax Salmon/Steelhead Leaders
    These leaders are designed with heavier butts to turn over larger flies and are made from stiffer material to be more abrasion resistant. They are the only knotless tapered leaders which have unconditionally passed the steelhead tests by our customers and staff. They are also very good for salt water flats fishing.
    4' 9' 10.5'
    4' Salmon/Steelhead leaders
    8, 10, 12 or 15 lb. test
    Light Olive Green

    Pound Test
    Tip dia.
    Butt dia.
    Length
    Price
    8 lb.
    .012
    .025
    4'

    10 lb.
    .013
    .026
    4'

    12 lb.
    .014
    .026
    4'
    $3.75
    15 lb.
    .017
    .027
    4'

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    Gotta go with Frank on this one...6' is just about perfect for the subsurface stuff here in Alaska and the leaders he recommended are great. Best of luck on your trip...what area are you fishing?

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    Larsen Bay,

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    Hoser, Please post a pic or two when you get back, I need a dose of fish envy!
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.

    Bigfly

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    Will this tide you over Bigfly? And this one was my small one of the day...

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    One quick question...Neoprene waders with rubber boots (duck hunting waders) or breathable with felt soles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoser41 View Post
    One quick question...Neoprene waders with rubber boots (duck hunting waders) or breathable with felt soles
    Breathables with felt or studded felt wading boots.

    Keep in mind that some guides dislike having studded boots on their boats because it can damage the floors. If you are being guided, check with your guide if he will allow studded boots on board.

    MP

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    Felt sole breathable waders, but only if you already own them and can use them elsewhere since felt soles will be prohibited in Alaska in less than a year and a half.

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