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    Default What About The Reel?

    About reels,

    I have landed silver salmon up to 11 lbs while using a 7'9" 5wt with an Orvis Battenkill 3/4 click and pawl reel on it. Although I was able to do this I do not recommend it. If you're having a good day you may hook and land more fish than will be enjoyable if you are under gunned.

    Whatever rod you plan to fish with you should mount a reel larger than would normally be used. For instance; I use a Sage VT2 9' 7wt with a Lamson Velocity 3.5 on it. I sometimes wish the reel was a 4.0. Having a large reel serves several purposes. First, you will have plenty of room for backing. I use 36 lb saltwater micron. It is good to have at least 200 yds. on the spool. This gives you a faster retrieve and saves you from having to run behind a salmon that is emptying your reel faster than you ever thought could be done. Think big!

    Disc drag is a must and I like one that will darn near stop the spool. I am going to start a thread about tippets and fishing techniques soon.

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

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    Default Re: What About The Reel?

    Ard: What the heck is this talk about a reel! I thought you told me you lived the subsistance life style and the only thing you used was a fishwheel and a dip net depending on the water conditions! LOL!
    Seriously, I couldn't agree more, get a big reel for salmon fishing in AK and have plenty of backing.

    Larry

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    Default Re: What About The Reel?

    Allan,

    The post regarding your questions about Alaska salmon and my answers have been moved to the Alaska General Discussion forum.

    They work better there.................

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