Re: steelhead tips: Erie area, PA,
Fishing Report Posted: October 08, 2002

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Posted by Craig on October 08, 2002 at 07:51:43:

In Reply to: steelhead tips posted by kelly on October 07, 2002 at 21:26:25:

Glad to hear that things are still good in Erie. In regards to tackle and line weight, I used to use 4 lb with an eleven foot noodle rod--drag set light. In the last ten years though there have been some good changes in the line industry with stronger lines being produced with smaller diameter and/or are nearly invisable in the water. I have lost many a fish to light line, though I still use it some times. Up here in the Salmon River--Pulaski, NY we are doing well with lines up to 12 lb test(On REALLY BIG fish). The T line that I use is 12lb but has only a six pound diameter. A suggestion for if you want to save some money--buy a small spool of the really good line and attach a 4 foot leader of the good stuff to your heavier line with a blood knot (See link). I have used this setup with a 6 1/2 foot medium rod and an old (dating myself here) Garcia Mitchell 300 and done pretty well. I have fish on the wall from this rig.

A noodle rod works well on the beach and in the wider creek waters near the lake. Lighter lines can be used with these because the "noodle" of the rod takes the shock out of the strike. Draw back here is hookset. Make sure your hooks are sharp. My beach rig is a noodle rod lined with 10 lb T-line. My river rod, the upper Salmon River is about as wide as the first bridge hole at Walnut, is a nine foot Ugly Stick with 12 lb T-Line.

Hope this helps. feel free to e-mail me if you want anymore info.

Craig




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