Originally Posted by Bodhi
Hey guys, I know we had this conversation last year but i'd love to hear what you guys use on the salmon river. I've recently seen some videos of guys killing them with just egg sacks. I've never had luck with kings "taking" them. How about what rod and reel combo's youre using?
I use a Sage DS 8wt, and Ross Gunnison reel.
You can spend alot of $$ buying salmon flies or egg sacks - and the shops up there encourage it.
I'm far from expert:
However - I have caught (haha) many a salmon up there - 95% of them were lined - 80% of them were lined on purpose..
Save yourself the expense of buying flies, the mess of egg sacs, and just tie up estaz flies.
You do not even need a vice..
Get big hooks (double heavy hooks) and wrap each hook shank with wraps of estaz material - CHARTRUESE is HOT COLOR, PINK & BLUE for COHOS, and BLACK or PURPLE to fill the Color-Switch gap.
Position yourself above a Pod of Salmon, and guide that estaz flie right at their faces. CXhances are onemay snap at it or suck it into its gaping mouth. I call this technique "BOWLING FOR SALMON".
In faster deeper water, add enough weight to tap bottom every 2-3 feet to keep your estaz fly in the zone. Make long sweeping casts and chances are you will line one or stick the hook i it's motor end..
The big Jumpers are alamost always hooked in the motor.
& Happy Motoring
Land of Make Believe (do Salmon Bite ??)