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New the salmon fishing. What rod & reel and line do I need to troll for salmon

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I have a 19 Grady and fish Canandaigua lake for rainbows, browns and lake trout.  I want to try salmon fishing this fall on Lake Ontario.  What rod & reel setup would you suggest I get.  I Am looking for a middle of the road setup.  This is entirely new to me what line size and leader etc.  Thanks in advance

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If your set up to fish Canandaigua, I assume you may already have enough equipment. Lake O fish are much stronger so set your drags accordingly. Just a starting point

and you may get several differing comments, but this is a simple set up. Have reels with at least 300yards 30lb test

Two riggers, F/F , light color flies white flashers have worked best for me at this time.

1-2 Divers off each side, again I prefer F/F

If you wanted to run spoons, cheaters on riggers

If your not set up or familiar with meat rigs, stay with F/F and Spoons

Look for 52-58° temp if you have equipment.

You can also see where other boats are fishing and fish the same depth.


Some boats will have coppers and rigs that are 400-500' out.

Fish temp and marks, 2.0-2-5 MPH, you may try slower and faster till you get bit. repeat, repeat..... 

Get more gear to depth of you first bite.

Have a great day!

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Thank you, I have the equipment just smaller rod and reel setups. I will look tonight and see what I can find and get a few rods ordered. Thanks again.

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Somethingnew you have a PM


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I live about 15 minutes from Canandaigua lake but fish Ontario. Just a suggestion but how about we trade trips?

I can take you on Ontario for Salmon you take me for Rainbows and browns on Canandaigua.

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