I lived with my parents in Alaska for about ten years. My father is an avid fisherman and would often bring home salmon. I loved the way he cooked it, but my favorite was when he smoked it. He tends to smoke it differently than you can get from a store. He uses more heat than I believe is traditional.
The result is almost like jerky in that it is mostly cooked, but unlike jerky the meat remains moist and tender. This type of smoking is widely used by people who smoke their own salmon. I don't really care for the type of smoked salmon you find in stores.
I prefer my smoked salmon on crackers with cheese. Occasionally I like to mix it with some mayo and pickles for spreading on bread. Once I made a devilish cheese ball with some of my fathers smoked salmon.
When I moved to the Lower 48 I was surprised at how tremendously expensive salmon was, and at the generally appalling quality of the fish. I have never bought salmon.
For the record, while I like bagels, I have never had salmon on a bagel. I don't really like the sound of it, as I usually associate bagels as a breakfast food. Salmon is not a breakfast food. I don't think that makes me anti-Semitic; it makes opinionated.