My son and I were invited to our first-time fishing trip for the silver salmon run in Valdez, Alaska. Our friends have gone to Alaska every year for the last five years, and said that the silver salmon is the best fishing he has ever had. He stated that silver salmon put up a great fight, and to choose quality gear for the trip. Never having fished in Alaska, we researched the best rods & reels for big game fishing. After a lot of research we went with the Salmon Steelhead Series Rods, specifically the Alaska Medium Drifter rod & the Eagle Claw Endure Cast Reel LB 6000 reel.
When it came time for packing for the trip, we asked to include our rods in his carrying case. He chuckled and stated that the rods and reel that we had chosen were too small and would not stand up to the silver salmon of Alaska. At first glance of the size of his rods and reels we thought we might have come unprepared.
Upon arrival we adventured our rented boat through the Valdez Arm into Jacks Bay & Galena Bay. At first we used down riggers and the larger gear to troll pop gear and herring for the silver salmon. While we did catch a number of silver salmon it almost seemed unsporting as you couldn’t really feel the fight of the fish.
We then anchored in Jacks Bay for lunch, and unsheathed our W&M Alaska Medium Drifter rods & the Eagle Claw Endure Cast reels. We rigged a small amount of weight and a herring, and cast over side. As we were unpacking lunch my buddy shouted “the Wright McGill!” My son grabbed the rod, set the hook, and it was fish on! We had a modest set on the drag, when the salmon saw the boat it went for an immediate run stripping line off the reel. After a good fight, we netted the silver salmon, which was our largest fish caught yet. Immediately following the catch, the whining drag of the second Wright McGill sounded off, and my buddy grabbed the pole. Like a kid in a candy store, he said “now this is fishing!” as he reeled in yet another big silver. Lunch was delayed as we all took turns catching our limit with the Wright McGill fishing gear.
For the remaining days of our vacation we caught our limit using the Wright McGill fishing gear. With each catch you could feel every twitch and pull of the fish, the responsiveness could not be beat.
My friend stated that he is getting rid of the other poles and from now on will only use Wright McGill. I’m hooked, and cannot wait for our next trip!
by Eddy Frisk