When the salmon run is at its best, thousands of salmon may begin schooling in preparation for the big migration to facilitate the breeding process. In large numbers, the fish will enter during the incoming tide, travel upstream to their respective egg-laying areas and return to the main water bodies on the outgoing tide. They will then repeat the cyclical process multiple times, throughout the course of their lives. This consistent, yearly pattern provides many anglers the opportunity to drift bait, such as spawn eggs, with the ebb and flow of the water current. One of the more successful methods of Salmon fishing, this is what anglers refer to as “bait casting.”
Bait casting is a method of fishing, which requires a great deal of poise and practice. It insists on using accuracy and timing as its mainstays. If given the adequate amount of time and effort, however, it can become an enjoyable, successful method to introduce into a fisherman’s, or woman’s, arsenal.
Bait casting requires minimal equipment. However, each must be chosen with several factors being considered. The fishing rod, typically made of glass, bamboo or metal, can range from 5 to 6 ½ feet long, and is classified by its light, medium or heavy weight. This “action” defines the strength, flexibility and overall reach of the rod. The reel, which usually holds a 100-200 foot line capacity, is operated with a typical hand crank, which turns the spool and winds the line. The line used may be braided silk or nylon, and it is available in a variety of breaking strengths. These can range from 4 to 20 pounds and above.
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