New to salmon fishing

#16
Spend the sixty bucks and get a real stripping basket. It's worth it, trust me. And you will want it for any saltwater fishing. Not just src.

I won't speak to src, as I don't fish them much, but for salmon I fish straight 15 lb Maxima UG. No more than five feet off my intermediate line, 95% of the time. No need to get fancy.

Best advice I can give is to pay close attention to Dimebrites advice

Edit: pay just as close attention to anything SF says as well. Lots of knowledge to be found in the pages of the saltwater forum, if you are willing to absorb it.
 
#18
For chums I drop down to 12 lb. You can still put a ton of pressure on the fish, but will be able to bust off any fish that you care to, which happens often enough with big chum. 15 lb Maxima is pretty hard to bust
 

golfman44

5-Time Puget Sound Steelhead Guide of the Year
#23
Budget is an issue so for now just trying to figure out the basics, learn a bit more, then buy better gear as needed as I progress and learn exactly what it is I want and why I want it.
If you're on a budget and think you'll be in this game for a while, for like12 bucks Fred Meyer sells spools of like 250yrds of maxima ultragreen...as opposed to buying the little 30yd spools for 5 bucks at a fly shop. Keep it out of the sun and cold and it will last you a long time.
 
#24
I like the William and joseph retractable stripping basket, It is much lighter , does not get in the way and is not as bulky or cumbersome than the plastic ones.
 
#25
That may be the first endorsement for that William and Joseph basket I've ever read. I thought it seemed like a cool idea once, and asked around, and it seemed almost univerally disliked. Several folks offered to send me theirs for the cost of postage.

I had a mesh one for a spell,and while it worked it didn't work well. I think hard plastic is "super tits", but obviously use what works for you.

I'm glad the W and J works for you, Cutt. Always seemed like it would be a sweet concept.


I like the William and joseph retractable stripping basket, It is much lighter , does not get in the way and is not as bulky or cumbersome than the plastic ones.
 
#28
Went out for my first salmon day today and had a blast. Everyone's advice really contributed to the priceless amounts of fun I had. Landed 3 nice chum and hooked up with probably more than a dozen that I wasn't able to pull in (hopefully more experience means that happens less). All it took was one day and the first fish to get me addicted to salmon fishing. I'll be in this game a while I just know it.
 
#29
Nice work! Way to get out there and make it happen.

Just a friendly bit of advice.... Be careful naming specific places on the main forum. You'd be surprised how many folks may be looking ;)
 
#30
Nice work! Way to get out there and make it happen.

Just a friendly bit of advice.... Be careful naming specific places on the main forum. You'd be surprised how many folks may be looking ;)
That thought crossed my mind Nick after posting. I figured it was just a popular and known spot though. Is there anywhere to edit posts here so I can remove that?