After spending last year, and fishing 2 times this year for sockeyes in the Kenai and Russian rivers, I've noticed all different types of setups being used. I'm referring to the different types of sinkers, split shot, rubber core, slinkys, 3 way swivel with the surgical tubing and pencil lead, and the banana shape trolling sinkers. I've also seen guys using real long leaders and some short. So my ?'s are, do some of the mentioned sinkers work better than others? Does a certain one prevent less fish being foul hooked and give a better presentation for a better hook up.
In regards to the regs. I understand that the weight has to be 18" in front of the fly or hook. but what about the swivel placement does having the weight in front or behind work better. I've tried several different setups myself, but I can't say if one way has caught me more fish than another. I'm just trying to get a consensus of what you guys do, to better my chances and do it the right way.