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    Indeed, if you have specialist fly shops nearby, go visit and chat. The local knowledge held within those hallowed walls will be invaluable, as may be any friendships you make. Even if you don't spend big bucks there but just buy a few flies I'm sure you'll be welcomed. Such shops were like churches to me in my youth, where I worshiped at the alter of Saint Hardy of Alnwick.

    Sincerely, walap24, I believe there's something particular to fly fishing which attracts a particular kind of character and they tend to be generous with time, knowledge and even tackle - a chap on the UK sister site gave away a Reddington reel today! As a boy I was given numerous winning flies by older gents on the loch and now I do likewise when I can. It's in the nature of the sport and part of the pleasure.

    As no one here has responded directly about your river it'd be sensible to talk to a few folk who fish your particular water and see what weight of rod and density of line (full floating, intermediate, slow sink, fast sink, etc.) they recommend, then let us know their thoughts.

    I'm worried that it may seem all bewilderingly complex but really, it's not. We just want you to start off with the right bit of balanced kit to make the game fun from the off. Cheers, James.

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    I grew up in upstate NY, went to college there and make my pilgrimage back to Pulaski every November.

    My recommendations to walap were drawings from my 30 years of fishing up there.

    If you had unlimited funds.... I'd suggest buying a 2-handed switch rod, learning spey/skagit casting and using sink tips or indy rigs. And then a 8.5' 5 wt setup for trout.

    But he doesn't.... and he's looking for a universal rod for multiple species. I know how much this would cost and at $130..... it's not possible for 2x setups. As we all know this becomes a slippery slope when trying to target trout and salmon with the same rod. The right tool for the job phrase comes to mind. Hence my suggestion for a 10' 7 WT single hand rod to cover you for trout, steelhead and salmon (kings and coho) up there. Knowing that when he's going trout fishing........ it's too much stick.

    I still hold by my recommendation to go to a fly shop and ask questions and see the various equipment and get their recommendations. Those shops I listed in Pulaski handle novices on a regular basis. Otherwise it's easy to get confused and make a poor decision.

    Good luck to you and Fish On!

    ft09


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    Quote Originally Posted by walap24 View Post
    But as to line weight, a 9/10 or a 10/11 is what you pack in your kit if you're headed to Alaska. You can easily handle a heck of a fish on a 6 - 8.

    I didn't know 9/10 10/11 was so heavy duty. I've been looking at a Redington path 8 wt outfit(reel and rod combo) would this be sufficient to land 15 - 25 pound king salmon? it fits nicely into my budget and the lifetime warranty is very appealing.

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    Thanks for the advice! I appreciate you taking the time to respond. I have around $130 to invest at this time. I do have an old pflueger fly rod that my dad bought me when I was a kid. This rod I know is good for smaller fish , I would not feel comfortable with this Rod or reel taking on any type of salmon or steelhead. I'm not sure as to its rating but I feel that it is far too flimsy for larger fish. Really I'm looking to get setup for salmon and steelhead specifically. I've been eyeing a Redington path outfit, mainly due to its lifetime warranty and it's high rated reviews. But I'm not sure if I would be better off getting the Ugly Stik big-water fly rod with another reel, such as the scientific angler reel that was mentioned above. The main reason I keep mentioning the Ugly Stik is I see it a lot on the river, it seems very popular.
    If you live in Pulaski and fly fish, head straight to Malindas in Altmar. Ask any of the locals that hang out there for advice and they'll be glad to help you. Unfortunately I think the Gander Mountain in Cicero and Watertown have sold out their stock (they had StCroix 5wts for around $99). If you are fishing Nine mile, Skaneateles, West Canada Creek then 5 at is great. Hook up with the local Tug Hill/Black River Trout Unlimited chapter on Facebook as well. Meetings are second Tuesday at DRS. Photo is a Salmon River brown on a Hardy 4/5 Jet Switch rod. Tight lines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NavyFish View Post
    If you live in Pulaski and fly fish, head straight to Malindas in Altmar. Ask any of the locals that hang out there for advice and they'll be glad to help you. Unfortunately I think the Gander Mountain in Cicero and Watertown have sold out their stock (they had StCroix 5wts for around $99). If you are fishing Nine mile, Skaneateles, West Canada Creek then 5 at is great. Hook up with the local Tug Hill/Black River Trout Unlimited chapter on Facebook as well. Meetings are second Tuesday at DRS. Photo is a Salmon River brown on a Hardy 4/5 Jet Switch rod. Tight lines!

    Sent from my SM-T810 using Tapatalk
    Beautiful fish! Thanks for the advice. I will checkout Malindas next time I am up there.

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