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Post Posted: 01:44pm - Aug 19,19 
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What kind of line setup are you guys using for the fall Kings? Mono or braid direct to bait? Floro leader? Was thinking about using 12lb mono to a barrel swivel and using a split ring to the lure. Tight lines!

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Post Posted: 02:02pm - Aug 19,19 
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15-20# Braid, direct to quality swivel for spoons.

Cranks may benefit from a flouro leader to reduce instances where thin braid will get stuck in the split rings/treble hooks.

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Post Posted: 07:04pm - Aug 19,19 
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15# nanofil from Berkley, barrel swivel, 10# or 8# florocarbon was the ticket for me last year.

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Post Posted: 07:52pm - Aug 19,19 
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20# Braid direct to snap/swivel. I like Sufix Siege. I experimented with floro leaders for a couple of years and had no difference in hits and fish.

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Post Posted: 08:18am - Aug 20,19 
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The more important ? should be what type of rod.....8' plus MH gotta have a little give with those crazy headshakes!!!

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Post Posted: 06:48am - Aug 21,19 
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I have a 8' 6" MH salmon rod that I'm going to be using. Just trying to decide on Braid/Flouro, or just straight Mono.

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Post Posted: 09:46am - Aug 21,19 
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15lb braid as main line. Flouro leader especially early in the run. You'll want the extra casting distance braid offers over straight mono.

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Post Posted: 07:16am - Aug 22,19 
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How long of a floro leader is a good length and how heavy?

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Post Posted: 08:23am - Aug 22,19 
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You're overthinking this a tad. Spawning salmon are not line shy. They strike out of annoyance/aggression and aren't being picky when they do so as it's not a "food" bite, so go as heavy as you prefer for the hardware you're tossing. Personally, I like 20 lb spiderwire tied directly to a swivel when casting. But you can go lighter if throwing cranks.

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Post Posted: 09:25am - Aug 22,19 
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Use a leader...

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Post Posted: 02:08pm - Aug 22,19 
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I never have used a leader, and always have fresh spawn and/or smoked salmon in my fridge come fall. For steelhead on the other hand, flouro every time. But hey, if it works for you, go for it! I just don't think it's that big of a deal owing to what is triggering their bite this time of year. It's more of the fine art of pi$$ing them off correctly...and hoping there are actually fish there this year to pi$$ off!

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Post Posted: 02:45pm - Aug 22,19 
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If targeting fall run kings, I don't think a leader matters ...

The most important thing is fish whatever gives you the confidence to fish hard and stay focused while washing lures for potentially long periods of time.

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Post Posted: 04:00pm - Aug 22,19 
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I use leaders to keep my spools full and avoid cutting back my braid from rubbing in rocks and mussels, not because I think the fish are line shy. If I snag up on something nasty and have to break off I usually only lose the leader. Most of the time when I snag up on something I can’t break off it’s 50ft of some other fishermans 30lb test braid they had to cut because they couldn’t break it off. If using a leader gets me an extra 2% more bites so be it. I have very high confidence in my knots so that’s no reason not to use one.

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Post Posted: 08:59pm - Aug 23,19 
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Southshore - Excellent point I wasn’t considering. Can’t argue that and I am feeling a bit like a hypocrite, because I would never toss braid on a stream. Yet I get annoyed whenever I pull up a rats nest in our harbors. Appreciate that response my man, got me reevaluating my choices this fall!

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Post Posted: 09:01pm - Aug 23,19 
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Also, this will be my last fall in Chi and I can’t wait to slay some kings one more time! Any day now!!!!

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Post Posted: 02:51pm - Aug 26,19 
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I was hanging out at Belmont harbor (not fishing but with wife and kids) Saturday late afternoon and saw several people making their way to the point with casting rods. I'm guessing it's still a little early but people are starting to take some casts around dark. The time is coming soon!

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