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Salmon Fishing Tips and Techniques

Fishing Gear:
We can supply you with just about anything you will need from boats to lures.

When to go:
Plan your fishing time in the morning or evening, as salmon prefer low light conditions.The best salmon fishing time is cloudy days, when many salmons swim together. During extremly sunny days, the Salmon stay deep in the water.

Where to go:
Tracking Salmon position is one of key tips to successful fishing. Salmon thrives in cool habitats where there is clear and oxygenated water. They also like areas where there is vegetation.

Salmon Fishing Technique:
Another important Salmon fishing tip is applying the right technique. While putting the fishing line in the water, make sure to set it in downstream water. If bait fishing is allowed in the area where you are fishing, then it is the best technique to catch Salmon. In order to imitate a live herring, ensure that the fishing line is deep inside the water. Fly fishing is another option for catching Salmon, particularly if you are not in a group.

Once you feel the pull, you can draw the fishing line with a quick pull, but careful not to jerk to hard while you set the hook. After your fish is landed, it is best to club it with a quick blow to the head, bleed it and store it on ice (is best). You can ensure your catch is the freshest by having our dock hands prepare, flash freeze and store it for you. Your catch will be ready for you packed on ice in flight suitable shipping boxes.

General stream salmon fishing tips:

1. Generally, the best times of the day are during the times when there is low light and so too, on cloudy days. On bright and sunny days, salmon will usually collect and assemble deep in the holes.

2. Take note that salmon do not feed while in the river. When they do strike, it is a behavior that is learned. Salmons are known to be predatory and aggressive when in the lake, up until they go into the river.

3. Set the hook by yanking downstream with your rod three times. To get a better set, pulling on the line with your free hand can help. Sometimes, when you lift the rod straight up, it will pull the fly out of the mouth of the salmon.

4. In order for the hook to go through the thick jaws of the salmon, you should always sharpen your hooks.

5. Fishing with a partner can be enjoyable and at the same time help each other to spot a salmon. While one is fishing, the other can be high up on the other side of the bank observing the reaction of the salmon and where exactly they are. Polarized glasses are very helpful when doing this and would bring satisfying results.

6. Finding a good hole where there are many salmon inside and you can fish there for the whole day!

7. Your weight as well as the length of the tippet should be adjusted so that it matches the holes depth and the depth of the fish. Your weight should not drag, but should only touch the bottom every now and then. Note that a tippet that is three feet long will set the fly six inches up to two feet off the bottom.

8. By adding a foam indicator at the top of your fly, you can get your fly higher in the water column.

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Cedars Lodge located at
1471 Tongass Ave.Ketchikan, Alaska. 99901
Phone: 800-813-4363