Salmon Fishing Rods

Saturday, December 16th 2017.

Choosing your Rod

Choosing the correct salmon fishing rods from the walls upon walls of different types displayed can be a bit of a difficult task, simply because of the huge selection involved. There are many different compositions, lengths, weights, and set ups on rods used for salmon fishing. The type of rod you choose will often be dictated according to the salmon fishing that you do, but there are some basic rules to keep in mind when choosing any rod whether you are looking for a salmon casting rod, saltwater spinning rod, or trolling rod.

Here are some great salmon rods that we recommend you check out!

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$59.99
$59.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Inshore Select Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
Shakespeares Ugly Stik Inshore Select Casting Rods feature one-piece Ugly Tech construction with added graphite for sens

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$59.99
$59.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Inshore Select Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
Shakespeares Ugly Stik Inshore Select Spinning Rods feature one-piece Ugly Tech construction with added graphite for sen

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$59.99
$59.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Because theyre built with Ugly Tech construction, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Bigwater Casting Rods have the backbone it tak

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$69.99
$69.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Surf Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Boasting a fiberglass and graphite Ugly Tech blank construction, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Bigwater Surf Casting Rods have

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$179.99
$179.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Stand-Up Rods - Clear
"Boasting a fiberglass and graphite Ugly Tech blank construction, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Bigwater Stand-Up Rods have the

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$59.99
$59.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Because theyre built with Ugly Tech construction, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Bigwater Spinning Rods have the backbone it ta

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$59.99
$59.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Bigwater Surf Spinning Rod - Stainless Steel
"Boasting a fiberglass and graphite Ugly Tech blank construction, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Bigwater Surf Spinning Rods hav

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$69.99
$69.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Casting Rods can be used across many species from coast to coast. Ugly Tech construction d

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$69.99
$69.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Spinning Rods can be used across many species from coast to coast. Ugly Tech construction

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$79.99
$79.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cast out over the salty waves with confidence. Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Casting Rods are specifically designe

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$79.99
$79.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cast out over the salty waves with confidence. Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Spinning Rods are specifically design

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$79.99
$79.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jigging Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
Cast with confidence. Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jigging Casting Rods are specifically designed with the actions

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$79.99
$79.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jigging Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
Cast with confidence. Shakespeares Ugly Stik Tiger Elite Jigging Spinning Rods are specifically designed with the action

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$149.99
$149.99

Fenwick Elite Tech Inshore Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Fenwicks Elite Tech Inshore Spinning Rods feature saltwater-proven components and a Hidden Handle reel seat for optimal

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$39.99
$39.99

Penn Squadron II Inshore Casting Rods
"Target shallow-water inshore species like trout, redfish, striper and snook armed with the affordable Penn Squadron II

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$39.99
$39.99

Penn Squadron II Inshore Spinning Rods
"Target shallow-water inshore species like trout, redfish, striper and snook armed with the affordable Penn Squadron II

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$189.99
$189.99

CastAway Skeleton V2 Saltwater Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"CastAways Skeleton V2 Saltwater Casting Rods feature a stripped-down design that ensures no unneeded weight so you get

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$189.99
$189.99

CastAway Skeleton V2 Saltwater Spinning Rod - Stainless Steel
"CastAways Skeleton V2 Saltwater Spinning Rod features a stripped-down design that ensures no unneeded weight so you get

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$99.99
$99.99

CastAway Taranis CX1 Saltwater Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Taranis was the Celtic god of thunder, so its no wonder the CastAway Taranis CX1 Saltwater Casting Rods are causing suc

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$99.99
$99.99

CastAway Taranis CX1 Saltwater Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Taranis was the Celtic god of thunder, so its no wonder the CastAway Taranis CX1 Saltwater Spinning Rods are causing su

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$79.99
$79.99

CastAway Pro Sport Saltwater Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"CastAways Pro Sport Saltwater Casting Rods feature 24-ton IM7 blanks made of a carbon-fiber weave to deliver both stren

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$79.99
$79.99

CastAway Pro Sport Saltwater Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"CastAways Pro Sport Saltwater Spinning Rods feature 24-ton IM7 blanks made of a carbon-fiber weave to deliver both stre

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$99.99
$99.99

CastAway Croaker Smoker Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Boasting a flexible design that wont separate your bait from your hook, CastAways Croaker Smoker Casting Rods are ideal

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$99.99
$99.99

CastAway Croaker Smoker Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Boasting a flexible design that wont separate your bait from your hook, CastAways Croaker Smoker Spinning Rods are idea

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$99.99
$99.99

Shimano Talavera Inshore Spinning Rods
"Chasing heavy-hitting saltwater fish can be a lot of work, but Shimanos Talavera Inshore Spinning Rods feature a taper

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$99.99
$99.99

Shimano Talavera Conventional Boat Rods
"Chasing heavy-hitting saltwater fish can be a lot of work, but Shimanos Talavera Conventional Boat Rods feature a taper

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$99.99
$99.99

Shimano Talavera Spinning Boat Rods
"Chasing heavy-hitting saltwater fish can be a lot of work, but Shimanos Talavera Spinning Boat Rods feature a taper tha

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$230.00
$230.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis Greenwater Spinning Rods - Green
"Greenwater spinning rods are designed for saltwater anglers who fish the skinny waters of the flats in search of bonefi

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Length of the rod butt

This is the amount of rod behind the reel, and a good rule of thumb is to have six to twelve inches available. This length is needed to give you some extra support when you are playing or landing a fish; you will be able to use your stomach for some added leverage. Without the rod supported on your stomach, you would have to do all the work with your arms, and that will tire you out quickly. On the other hand, a butt that is too long will mean you have to stretch your arms out to an uncomfortable level, not to mention that if it's a salmon spinning rod you'll need more room for your cast. Finally, consider the specific needs for trolling; saltwater boat rods with butts that are too short will not sit in the holder, slipping out and overboard with the first big Chinook strike or wave they catch, so make sure your salmon trolling rod (commonly called "mooching" rods) has the proper butt length to allow for that sturdy seat in the boat while you're trolling around the water.

Weight

Light is the key word here; purchase the lightest rod that you can find. Travelling down a river bank in the brush with heavy equipment can cause fatigue over time and is very cumbersome. You should also take a look at the weight balance of the rod you are looking at; find where the rod balances by placing it on your forefinger. The balance point should be where you would naturally put your hand while you fish; if not, then look for a different rod.

Specific fishing

Shorter six foot, to nine foot salmon fly fishing rods can provide you with a lot of excitement when you are out casting for salmon such as coho or steelhead, as they make even smaller fish feel huge on the landing. If you are out for the big guys like chinook, then you don’t need the extra excitement and anywhere from size 8 (8 foot) to size 10 rod will be your most common size for big salmon. When you are looking for saltwater boat rods, get mooching rods that are ten feet long or so; they will put the lines out far enough that they don’t get tangled., and also gets the bait out far enough from your boat. Mooching rods typically also have soft tips, which will rise on a bite by a fish at the other end.

If you tend to go fishing for salmon by yourself, you are going to want to remember that landing them can be really difficult if your rod is too long. You need to be able to net the fish as well as keep your line tight; the longer your rod, the higher you are going to have to lift it to get that fish within netting distance of the boat. If you are bar fishing and you are on shore, it's easy enough to drag the fish up onto the bar by backing up, but if you're in a tight spot then you really have to be careful and watch you don't loose the fish.

Go Salmon Fishing Tip:

Horsing and overplaying - two things that can really ruin your catch are "horsing" and "overplaying." Horsing is a term used when an angler is using excessive force and pulling back on their salmon fishing rod, which causes your line to snap, rod to break or worse the fish to have damage that could lead to waste or death. Overplay is a term used when an angler is playing the fish too long. This can potentially cause the same things as horsing such as damage to your salmon fishing rod, gear, or loss of a fish by exhaustion, or breaking off. This practice can also get alot of people fishing around you frustrated if they are waiting until you finish playing the fish so they can begin casting again. It's proper etiquette to find the medium between horsing and overplay so everyone is happy including the fish and your rod.