Worm Fishing For Salmon
Tackle rods and reels
In today’s ever changing market there is a wide range of equipment available and worm fishers will have their own favourites to suit the way they fish but for my part I have a selection of three worming rods
- 12 foot 3 piece Greys bait worming rod which has a tip action I find the rod length helps to give you that extra control when worming and casting
- 11 foot 4 piece Greys spinning rod this suits the smaller waters it too has a tip action
- 10 or 11 foot Shimano Bait worming rod a 6 piece rod that can be assembled to the length you need for the conditions the rod has a stiff action throughout and is great in tight situations when you need the raw power to slow or stop a running fish.
I was brought up back in the sixties to use a multiplier which gave great feel when actually fishing but over the years the fixed spool reels have been improved and I now favour the Shimano 5000 GTE Bait Runner. This reel I find far easier to cast and when worm fishing you have the use of a bait runner that when engaged will allow a fish to take line from the reel with little or no resistance. Playing a fish is also more comfortable with an easy to use clutch control on the bottom of the reel.
Given the choice between monofilament or braid line I will always use the braid line because you have a more direct feel to your worms when worming this makes it easier to detect a taking fish. I always use a high visibility yellow coloured braid and attach about 8 ft of monofilament to it before adding suitable weights and my worming hook. The yellow line is more easily seen than most other colours and gives the advantage of visual location of your worms and combined with the direct feel your control is improved. Braid can be made very fine in some cases too fine I use a 30 lb test and it is only equivalent in diameter to a 8lb monofilament line it is very easy to cast and it floats making control of your worms much easier when fishing.
Worm hooks weights and worming float
A long shank worming hook with bait supports is my normal setup