Salmon Fishing Rods

Wednesday, April 26th 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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$89.99
$89.99

Fenwick Eagle S/S Travel Spinning Rod
"Take your passion for fishing to the next level with a Fenwick Eagle Salmon/Steelhead Travel Spinning Rod. Redesigned w

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$149.99
$149.99

Fenwick Elite Tech Bass Spinning Rod - Titanium
"The Fenwick Elite Tech Bass Spinning Rods are some of the lightest, most comfortable bass rods ever created. Featuring

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$149.99
$149.99

Fenwick Elite Tech Walleye Spinning Rod - Titanium
"Take your favorite walleye techniques to the next level with the Fenwick Elite Tech Walleye Spinning Rods. Offering the

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$299.99
$299.99

Fenwick World Class Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
Fenwicks World Class Spinning Rods are in a class of their own. 3M Powerlux 500 resin blanks disperse tension evenly und

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$79.99
$79.99

Fenwick Lunker Stik Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Fenwicks Lunker Stik Spinning Rods boast Spiral Veil blanks that feature a carbon-fiber core wrapped with Fenglass to d

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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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$149.99
$149.99

Fenwick Elite Tech River Runner Spinning Rods - Titanium
"Fenwicks Elite Tech River Runner Spinning Rods are built solely for the art of ultralight fishing. High-modulus graphit

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$199.99
$199.99

"Fenwick Aetos Casting Rods - Titanium, Fishing Rods"
"Set the hook on your next fish with an AETOS Casting Rod from Fenwick. Ultralight titanium guides boast slim and deep-p

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$199.99
$199.99

Fenwick Aetos Spinning Rods - Titanium
"Set the hook on your next fish with an AETOS Spinning Rod from Fenwick. Ultralight titanium guides boast slim and deep-

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$99.99
$99.99

Fenwick HMX Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods - Stainless
"Fenwicks lasting legacy creating smooth-casting fishing instruments continues with the HMX Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod

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$99.99
$99.99

Fenwick HMX Salmon/Steelhead Spinning Rods - Stainless
"Fenwicks lasting continues with the HMX Salmon/Steelhead Spinning Rods. Constructed from a proprietary blend of carbon

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$79.99
$79.99

"Fenwick HMX Casting Rods - Stainless, Fishing Rods"
"Fenwicks lasting legacy creating smooth-casting fishing instruments continues with the HMX Casting Rods. Constructed fr

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$79.99
$79.99

"Fenwick HMX Spinning Rods - Stainless, Fishing Rods"
"Fenwicks lasting legacy creating smooth-casting fishing instruments continues with the HMX Spinning Rods. Constructed f

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$349.95
$349.95

Fenwick World Class Fly Rod
"Boasting 3M Powerlux resin construction, Fenwicks World Class Fly Rod evenly disperses tension when under a load. This

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$299.95
$299.95

Fenwick World Class Fly Rod
"Fenwicks World Class Fly Rod is in a class of its own. 3M Powerlux 500 resin blanks disperse tension evenly under load

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$99.99
$99.99

Fenwick Silverhawk II Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Updated with new components and cosmetic upgrades, Cabelas-exclusive Fenwick Silverhawk II Spinning Rods feature high-m

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$99.99
$99.99

Fenwick Silverhawk II Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Updated with new components and cosmetic upgrades, Cabelas-exclusive Fenwick Silverhawk II Casting Rods feature high-mo

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$179.99
$179.99

G.Loomis E6X Walleye Casting Rods
"Handcrafted in Woodland, WA., G.Loomis E6X Walleye Casting Rods offer actions and lengths that meet the needs of every

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$555.00
$555.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis IMX Spinning Surf Rods
"Reach fish at extreme ranges from beaches, docks, jetties or reefs. These high-powered rods feature premium, high-modul

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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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$210.00
$210.00

"G. Loomis G.Loomis GL3 Casting Rods, Fishing Rods"
"The GL3 gives you performance and long-lasting reliability. Among the best values on the market, these high modulus rod

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$400.00
$400.00

"G. Loomis G.Loomis IMX Casting Rods, Fishing Rods"
"Serious fishermen know a state-of-the-art rod is crucial. These are the rods that originally put G.Loomis on the map. T

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$245.00
$245.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis Crankbait Series Casting Rods - Copper
"Moderately fast-action casting rods designed to meet and satisfy the specialized, technical demands of crankbait fishin

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$235.00
$235.00

"G. Loomis G.Loomis Spinnerbait Rods - Timber, Fishing Rods"
"Repetition and consistency, as any serious angler knows, are vital to a successful day on the water. Spinnerbait rods f

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$325.00
$325.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods
"The G.Loomis Salmon/Steelhead Series casting rods come in two basic applications designed specifically for your techniq

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$280.00
$280.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis Salmon/Steelhead Spinning Rod
"Specifically designed for use on big rivers, these rods come in two lengths for added versatility. Both are made of hig

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$245.00
$245.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis Mossyback Casting Rod - Matte Black finish
"Dynamic new tapers and a fast action combine to make these rods ideal for Carolina rigs, senkos and flipping. They are

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$500.00
$500.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis NRX Casting Rods - Titanium
"The new benchmark in casting rods. For years the GLX was the standard by which all high-performance rods were judged. N

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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.