Except for king salmon, an 8-weight is all youneed for fishing salmon in Alaska. The major reason people havetrouble casting in the wind anywhere is that they change theirforward stroke and try to overpower the cast, creating a big,wind-resistant loop. Instead, make the same stroke that you did onthe previous false cast - but haul faster on the line. This letsyou keep a tight loop, but the faster haul adds line speed. Bothtechniques are necessary to help punch through the wind.