Here's the roe setup for you, which should work well for coho, chum, bull trout, and just about anything else that likes to eat roe.
The length of the leader can be adjusted. From the three way swivel to the weight, I usually use about 2 feet of line. From the three-way swivel to the hook (leader), I use about 1 to 1.5 feet. For main and leader, I use either 12 or 10lb test. The thickness of the leader doesn't really matter, as the water clarity is so poor anyway.
When you cast, try not to cast too far. Cast just far enough to avoid the snags near the rip raps from shore. Most of the fish are caught near shore, not all the way in the middle of the channel. Have a rod holder so that your rod is placed parallel to the water surface. This makes detecting the bites and setting the hook much easier. Having the rod straight up (perpendicular) would give you a sore neck as you have to look up to watch the rod tip the whole time.
When you're bottom fishing with roe, it is not necessary to use a 10.5' drift rod. In fact, using such a long rod can slow down your hookset, resulting in fish loss. A shorter spinning rod between 6 and 8 feet is sufficient for this type of fishing. By having a lighter rod, you can even just hold the rod while sitting in your chair. This allows you to detect the bite immediately.
For the roe, secure it on the bait loop. You may also wish to use roe sacs (simply cut off a chunk of roe and tie it into a sac). A few years ago I watched Steelhead King tying up a roe sac that was almost the size of a golf ball and landed a large bull trout as a result.
Avoid using small hook, try using hooks around sizes 1/0 or 2/0. This allows you to make precise hooksets, as well as avoiding fish that you are not allowed to keep from swalloing your hook. Bull trout is well known for sucking down roe deeply.
Don't waste your time if you start getting small nibbles from coarse fish. Reel the roe in and recast to a new spot, otherwise you'll just be donating roe.
You are allowed to use two hooks on your line, but I prefer to use one so the use of roe is minimized. By having two hooks, you will not be able to set the hook precisely.
Know what you can keep. You can keep:
- Two hatchery coho salmon
- Four chinook salmon but only one can be over 50cm long
- Four chum salmon
- Four pink salmon
But, you can only keep four salmon in total in one day, not 14.
You must release all wild coho salmon, sockeye salmon, wild cutthroat trout, bull trout/dolly varden, wild steelhead.
Please go to this page
if you do not know the difference between a hatchery and a wild coho salmon.
I think that's about it. If you want to read more, go to this section