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Lower Niagara Drift Tackle for Salmon and Trout


Burger

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Hey all-

 

Looking for rod and reel to use on lower niagara for both salmon and trout. I will be running a standard 3 way swivel with either a bead, sac, kwikfish, or minnow. Question is, i’ll be using probably a 1oz or even 1.5oz pencil lead on a rod that’s only rated for a 3/4 oz lure. i know that’s for actually throwing a lure (which i won’t be doing) but, i feel like that amount of weight will be too much for the rod.

 

any input is appreciated, would love to hear what rod’s you all use for similar applications

 

thanks

 

 

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We use the same rod and reel we use to cast for bass and pike. I like a 7' med or med-heavy rod with fast action. As far as reels go it really personal preference. I personally like the bait casting reels I find it easier to bring the weight up and down with the depths. We usually are using 2 or 3 oz weights depending what part of the river are fishing. The qwikfish do work but it seems that the maglips have worked better of late. The best piece of advice I can give you is do a charter and/or go the the fishing expo and do 1 of the seminars for the lower river. I can tell you that it is well worth the money. I have done a few. In between the charters and Salmon School the last few yrs my learning curve got a whole lot smaller. With that being said you are always learning things. I can tell you that you are in the right place for help. Best group of guys that aren't going to bs you. Good luck

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We use the same rod and reel we use to cast for bass and pike. I like a 7' med or med-heavy rod with fast action. As far as reels go it really personal preference. I personally like the bait casting reels I find it easier to bring the weight up and down with the depths. We usually are using 2 or 3 oz weights depending what part of the river are fishing. The qwikfish do work but it seems that the maglips have worked better of late. The best piece of advice I can give you is do a charter and/or go the the fishing expo and do 1 of the seminars for the lower river. I can tell you that it is well worth the money. I have done a few. In between the charters and Salmon School the last few yrs my learning curve got a whole lot smaller. With that being said you are always learning things. I can tell you that you are in the right place for help. Best group of guys that aren't going to bs you. Good luck

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Awesome, thanks for quick reply. so, you don’t necessarily have to have a rod that’s lure rate matches your weight?


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As long as it has a good backbone u should be ok. On the charters I have been on I believe they were just med rods. I like my med-heavy rods. For me it's more about the just in case moments. They are some people the have hook into a musky down there. When u are drifting u want your line in as much of a 90° as u can and the weight just ticking along the bottom.

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