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    Default Island river fishing after bear is down

    Hello fishing forum,

    I'm coming to AK for a fall bear hunt, and plan to get some salmon after the bear is down.

    I will be on Kuiu island and plan to shore fish for anything biting (hope it's not the bears or the wolves ).

    I'm not sure what line capacity saltwater spinning reel to buy?

    Should I go for 10 lb, 15 lb, 17 lb, 20 lb, etc.?

    I've never fished for them before and I would like something worthy of the task.

    Thanks all,

    KRS

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    I wanted to add:

    I fished the Salmon River in Idaho last year for the fall Steelhead run. Although I didn't catch anything, I'm going to try and go back.

    I'd like a reel that can handle that too.

    I'm open to make/model suggestions

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    Wow, I was expecting a flurry of thoughts

    I have fished the small stocked trout lakes common to Arizona and I have ultralight tackle... and I have a few bass rods.

    Not real sure what I should be looking for here?

    Thoughts?

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    Sorry, I have never heard of Kuiu island. Is it in the SE or on the Aleutian chain?

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    I just googled it, SE for black bears and it looks like there is a bunch of them there! I have no idea about the fishing, sorry.

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    I would imagine the fishing is the same as any other island river fishing.... just looking for tackle & rod/reel info that withstands shore fishing for salmon in the fall.

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    I would suggest something in the line of Shimano 4000 series. Should hold about 250 yards of 30# braided line. Then run a flourocarbon leader of about 6 feet. You should be in the fish. Good luck

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    I usually fish for silvers and steel head with about 10lb line. But I am not familar with the area. You might want to go heavier just in case.

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    10# maxima ultragreen leader, some pixie/vibrax/mepps in #4-5, swivels to mainline in whatever you want (as long as its a bit stronger than the leader), and some eggsinkers (if needed), and you are set for silvers.

    You may want to bring some lighter line and smaller spinners for dollies/cutts.

    Good fishing there in the creeks and streams.

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    Awesome info!

    I am very excited, can't wait to go. The bear hunting is great... but the fishing will be over-the-top for me.

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    second on the shimano but don't run braid, unless you like lost fish, line cuts, and rediculous tangles. *disclaimer: run braid if you use a mickey mouse pole

    I'd get an ultra light with 6# test because youw ill probably have a few pinks around, and the light setup will make catching them actually sort of fun. Also an ultra light setup is great for dollies

    I nice bass setup for throwing spinner baits is probably the best ocean setup you can have in AK for anything that lives in under 30 feet of water.

    Of course if you plan on fishing rivers fly fishing is the best way to fish 95% of river in Alaska and every river in Southeast that doesn't begin in Canada, not only is it more fun but you can actually get a dead drift, which is very impotant when fishing for trout and even some times salmon (silvers being the most noteable exception)

    have fun and try to shoot a berry eating bear that way they will taste like blue berries and not rotting salmon.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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