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    Re: Trolling uphill?

    Quote Originally Posted by jjb View Post
    I’ve caught 90% of my salmon trolling against the current versus with the current.


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    Same here - upstream was always more productive for me. I think it depends on what you’re trolling too...I trolled almost exclusively Kwikfish and they work better against the current.
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    Re: Trolling uphill?

    Not that I troll for Salmon often but this debate seem kinda funny , because there are many guys that will only troll down hill which is great for them , but when your fishing the upper stretches of the river ...... We either anchor /backtroll bow facing uphill and drop your plugs which are facing into the current like you would trolling uphill you rarely see guys pulling plugs downhill in the upper stretches .. Kinda makes no sense to me because plugs and Spinners work better facing into current .... The fish don't care which way the plug is facing as long as its in their face they strike it .....
    Seems to me that the more time your line is in the water the better chance you have to catch a fish ....... So when we did troll on the Delta we trolled downhill and back up ....... Motoring back up your losing fishing time .... Because one thing for certain you won't catch fish without your lure in the water .....
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    Re: Trolling uphill?

    As Wes said; troll upstream keeping the lure in the target zone longer. Also if you troll downstream you need to troll faster to get the action on the lure.
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    Re: Trolling uphill?

    I’ve caught 90% of my salmon trolling against the current versus with the current.


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    Re: Trolling uphill?

    Quote Originally Posted by photomonkey View Post
    How many of you guys troll up against the current for salmon?

    I never have before and wasted my batts in no time trying it.

    Just trying to gauge how many people try it and how many people just run back up and troll downhill.

    Thanks!


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    Only troll down, then motor back up if you want to cover productive water again. Many hours on the water has proven this the way to go. I've caught ONE salmon trolling upriver, in a friends boat who insisted.

    If you think I'm, BS'ing you watch how the sac salmon guides work.

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    Re: Trolling uphill?

    Plugs or spinners work best at same speed vs current. If you’re killing you battery trolling up stream, you’re trolling too slow downstream.

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    Re: Trolling uphill?

    Best luck zig zaging up hill is best for me.

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    Trolling uphill?

    S-Pattern upstream to avoid running straight into the current and maximize the lure’s time in the strike zone. They are much more likely to strike something coming across their nose vs passing by them on the side.


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    Re: Trolling uphill?

    I troll only down stream. Seems I do better going down stream so that's all I do anymore.
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    Trolling uphill?

    How many of you guys troll up against the current for salmon?

    I never have before and wasted my batts in no time trying it.

    Just trying to gauge how many people try it and how many people just run back up and troll downhill.

    Thanks!


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