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Planning on hitting up the Salmon run on the Shuswap this year and I'm looking to tie up some patterns specifically for these fish.

I was going to tie up a couple of egg sucking leeches and stoneflies, but are there any other suggestions? Popsicles in specific colour combinations?

I'm a complete salmon newbie and I'm just going for the sh*ts and giggles of it, so any advice would be much appreciated.
 

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purple wooly bugger is the only thing that has worked for me lol. try to hit the river on a cold or rainy day or there will be people tubing down the river scaring all the fish
 

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Fished for Chinook from the road bridge in Grindrod one year, Just a heads up for you.....every inch of the bridge was shoulder to shoulder fishing, mainly by locals who really dont want you there.....Got nasty at one point, I said my piece and moved on .
 

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Make sure that you are able to get your flies down deep. Chinook like deep water to hold in so your fly needs to get down to their level. Either a heavy sink tip or heavy sparse flies will help you out a great deal. Good luck!
 

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The FSR into the Monashees is where I want to be, there are just some beautiful runs along that road and a gorgeous pool with a campsite by it.
 

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Gear fished the river by Enderby last couple years. (now I have more experience with my 9wt so the gear rod stays home) Showed up at 4:30 am at the pool and there were a half dozen locals already planted there. They talked really rough and tough, but when a guy showed up later in the day and started casting over our heads from the bank above, I was the one who put the run on him. Anyways, all the fish that I have seen come out of there have been caught on wool. This year I am going to tie up some weighted egg patterns and run a clear intermediate sink tip. The water is gin clear in the river and the fish get spooked easily.
 

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caught a chinook in mabel lake a couple days ago that weighed in at 17 pounds after being cleaned. my dad caught a bigger one but it was realy beat up so it was let go.
we where gear fishin. not realy my kind of fishing, just sitting in the boat waiting for a bite lol, but its kool seeing all the salmon jumping and splashing in the lake.
it sure was fun bringing in the fish. i had a 10.5 foot rod with a mooching reel on it, so it was kinda like bringing in a fish with a fly rod. it went on 3 realy long runs and when we got it to the boat we used a homemade gaff to bring it on board cuz we dont have a net that big lol. everyone in the lake uses a green flasher with a green hoochie (squid thing).

today i went looking for a good spot along the river and found one up at kingfisher, right beside mabel lake. i think the spot in the river is known as the chuck. lots of fish jumpin and splashin, didnt hook any tho.
 
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