Salmon Fishing Rods

Thursday, August 24th 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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$179.99
$179.99

G.Loomis E6X Inshore Casting Rods
"G.Loomis E6X Inshore Casting Rods combine perfect balance and exceptional strength for inshore saltwater fishing action

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$189.99
$189.99

G.Loomis E6X Inshore Spinning Rods
"G.Loomis E6X Inshore Spinning Rods combine perfect balance and exceptional strength for inshore saltwater fishing actio

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$229.99
$229.99

St. Croix Avid Series Inshore Spinning Rods - Titanium
"Specifically made for inshore saltwater angling, St. Croixs Avid Series Inshore Spinning Rods have been completely rede

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$259.99
$259.99

St. Croix Avid Series Inshore Casting Rods - Titanium
"St. Croixs Avid Series Inshore Casting Rods are built with Integrated Poly Curve (IPC) tooling technology on high-modul

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$99.99
$99.99

Quantum Saltwater Inshore Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Made with a durable graphite blank, Quantums fast-action Performance-Tuned Saltwater Inshore Spinning Rods are lightwei

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$99.99
$99.99

Quantum Saltwater Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Made with a durable graphite blank, Quantums fast-action Performance-Tuned Saltwater Spinning Rod is lightweight and se

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$89.99
$89.99

Tsunami Classic Bottom Rods
"Built to fish the bottom, Tsunamis Classic Bottom Rods boast a heavy butt section with a sensitive tip section to feel

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$119.99
$119.99

Bimini Bay Tsunami Airwave Coastal Casting Rods
"Made to the specs coastal anglers demand, Bimini Bays Tsunami Airwave Casting Rods bring a tidal wave of performance. H

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$69.99
$69.99

Star Aerial Boat Spinning Rod - Stainless Steel
"Made with tough E-glass blanks, Aerial Boat Spinning Rod holds up under the toughest saltwater-fishing conditions. Fore

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$69.99
$52.88

Star Aerial Inshore Spinning Rods
"Made with a graphite composite blank, Aerial Inshore Spinning Rods have plenty of backbone yet are relatively lightweig

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$259.99
$259.99

SHIMANO Terez Black Conventional Saltwater Rod
"Built using TC4 HM construction, Shimanos Terez Black Conventional Rods are a premium combination of fast action, light

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$259.99
$259.99

Shimano Terez Black Spinning Rods
"Built using TC4 HM construction, Shimanos Terez Black Spinning Rods are a premium combination of quick action, lightwei

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$169.99
$169.99

TFO Gary's Inshore Casting Rods
"Thanks to the powerful yet sensitive blue-colored blanks, the TFO Garys Inshore Casting Rods can handle redfish, snook,

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$79.99
$79.99

Cabela's Salt Striker Inshore Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cabelas Salt Striker Inshore Spinning Rods feature 54 million high-modulus graphite blanks that keep weight to a minimu

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$79.99
$79.99

Cabela's Salt Striker Inshore Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cabelas Salt Striker Inshore Casting Rods feature 54 million-high-modulus graphite blanks that keep weight to a minimum

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$109.99
$109.99

Cabela's Salt Striker Inshore Travel Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cabelas Salt Striker Inshore Travel Spinning Rods have all the same great features as the original Salt Striker rods, b

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$109.99
$109.99

Cabela's Salt Striker Inshore Travel Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cabelas Salt Striker Inshore Travel Casting Rods have all the same great features as the original Salt Striker rods, bu

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$199.99
$199.99

St. Croix Mojo Salt-Series Conventional Rods
"The lure of the salt and all the possibilities swimming in its depths thats what St. Croix had in mind with the Mojo Sa

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$199.99
$199.99

St. Croix Mojo Salt Spinning Rods
"The lure of the salt and all the possibilities swimming in its depths thats what St. Croix had in mind with the Mojo Sa

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$199.99
$199.99

St. Croix Mojo Jig Conventional Rods
"Handcrafted and specifically made for vertical jigging in saltwater, St. Croixs Mojo Jig Conventional Rods have the str

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$199.99
$199.99

St. Croix Mojo Jig Spinning Rods
"Handcrafted and specifically made for vertical jigging in saltwater, St. Croixs Mojo Jig Spinning Rods have the strengt

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$19.99
$19.99

Daiwa FT Surf Spinning Rod - Stainless Steel
"When the ocean calls, make sure you have what it takes to answer with Daiwas FT Surf Spinning Rod. Constructed with dur

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$49.99
$49.99

Penn Squadron II Surf Spinning Rods
"Boasting extra-sensitive, lightweight graphite-composite blanks, Penns Squadron II Surf Spinning Rods let you feel the

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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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$74.99
$74.99

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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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.