[nggallery id=803]This morning was “show-time” at the Niagara River Whirlpool! Ryan Edenborough, Bill Henry, my pup Mulligan and I along with the camera crew headed down the Whirlpool stairs in the dark around 6:30am to be at the river for daybreak. To our surprise the water had some color to it, but we did not hook into a salmon until about 1 hr. after light. Bill Henry started things off by landing a couple of trophy female chinooks that he caught casting an fluorescent orange Rapala J13. Next, Ryan landed a nice chinook drifting skeened salmon eggs and than I followed by landing a trophy make chinook on the new Rapala Shift Centre Pin and Classic Drift 13 1/2′ rod. The day was topped-off by Ryan and Bill landing two additional chinooks again casting chartreuse Rapala J13’s just before we left.
I had rigged up my Rapala North Coast steelhead/salmon 10 1/2′ rod with Sufix 832, 20 lb test braid & Sufix fluorocarbon leader to cast the Rapala J13’s & I loaded-up my Rapala Classic Drift rod/Shift Centre Pin reel with 17 lb. Sufix Elite mono/fluorocarbon leader. The best performing hooks for the drift fishing were the Gamakatsu Wide Bend hooks that most anglers use for drop-shooting. We found that the #2 size works excellent when fishing large chunks of skeened salmon eggs!
If you enjoy tributary fishing for migratory salmon & trout, make sure to catch this show when it airs in the new series, it is full of exciting trophy salmon action and excellent tips on lures & techniques that you can use to catch more fish!