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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$159.99
$159.99

Duckett Micro Magic Pro Casting Rod
"Ducketts Micro Magic Pro Casting Rod uses high-quality multimodulus Sensi-Touch blanks for lightweight performance and

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$169.99
$169.99

Duckett Micro Magic Pro Cranking Casting Rod
"Ducketts Micro Magic Pro Cranking Rod uses high-quality multimodulus Sensi-Touch blanks for lightweight performance and

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$39.99
$39.99

Rippin Lips Supercat Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Made of S-glass thats much stronger and lighter than E-glass, Rippin Lips Supercat Casting Rods have no problem wrenchi

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$129.99
$129.99

Lew's Custom Speed Stick Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Feel the difference when you fish with Lews Custom Speed Stick Casting Rod. Proprietary, lightweight HM60 graphite blan

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$134.99
$134.99

Lamiglas Redline Casting Rod
"Completely handcrafted, the Lamiglas Redline Casting Rod is made using a completely new production technique and graphi

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$179.00
$179.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis E6X Classic Action Casting Rod
"Built to be useful in almost every fishing situation, the G. Loomis E6X Classic Action Casting Rod delivers the flex, s

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$179.00
$179.00

G.Loomis E6X Bass Casting Rod
"With the G.Loomis E6X Bass Casting Rod in hand, the big enhancements youll notice immediately are the balance, leverage

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$129.99
$129.99

Abu Garcia Ike Winch Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Designed by Elite Series Pro Mike Iaconelli, Abu Garcias Ike Winch Casting Rods boasta a high strain glass (HSG) constr

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$249.99
$249.99

St. Croix Avid Series Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods
"Ultralightweight, super-sensitive and extra durable, St. Croixs Avid Series Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods feature high-

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$239.99
$239.99

St. Croix Avid Pearl Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Ladies get ready to outfish the competition with a rod built just for you. The St. Croix Avid Pearl Rods are built usin

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$129.99
$129.99

St. Croix Triumph Muskie Casting Rods - Black
"Going after the fish of 10,000 casts, youll need a rod up to the challenge enter St. Croixs Triumph Muskie Casting Rods

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$129.99
$129.99

Daiwa Ardito Travel Casting Rods
"Fish with Daiwas renowned strength, sensitivity and quality in a three-piece, travel-friendly package with the Ardito T

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$299.99
$299.99

Lamiglas Infinity Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods
"Lamiglas used a new construction technique that allowed them to build the Infinity Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods with t

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$224.99
$224.99

G.Loomis E6X Steelhead Drift Casting Rods
"Experience legendary balance and performance combined with tip-light sensitivity when you fish with a G.Loomis E6X Stee

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$99.99
$99.99

Lew's Tournament Performance TP1 Speed Stick Casting Rods
"Spend one day on the water with a Tournament Performance TP1 Speed Stick Casting Rod from Lews and youll be hooked. One

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$79.99
$79.99

Lew's David Fritts Perfect Crankbait Speed Stick Rods - Stainless Steel
"Built with premium 42-million modulus graphite and glass construction, Lews David Fritts Perfect Crankbait Speed Stick

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$159.99
$159.99

Lew's Custom Lite Speed Stick Casting Rods
"Boasting durable, multilayer construction and Advanced Performance Technology HM85 graphite blank, youll quickly feel t

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$199.99
$199.99

Abu Garcia Villain 2.0 Casting Rods - Titanium
Abu Garcias Villain 2.0 Casting Rods combine first-rate components with superior sensitivity. 40 Ton graphite constructi

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$129.99
$129.99

Abu Garcia Venerate Casting Rods - Titanium
"Abu Garcias Venerate Casting Rods boast the fastest actions with the lightest tips. 36 Ton graphite construction delive

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$49.99
$49.99

Abu Garcia Vengeance Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Set more hooks and land more fish with the lightweight, balanced Vengeance Casting Rods from Abu Garcia. High-modulus 2

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$29.99
$29.99

Berkley Amp Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Turn even the most subtle strikes into catches. Armed with an Armadillo Hide finish, Berkleys Amp Casting Rods feature

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$299.99
$299.99

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

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$79.99
$79.99

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

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$39.99
$39.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Catfish Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Haul in large, hard-fighting cats with ease when youre using the Ugly StikCatfish Casting Rod. World-famous durability

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$39.99
$39.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Striper Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Take on the hardest-fighting fish with confidence when youre using a Striper Casting Rod from Ugly Stik. Built specific

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$379.99
$379.99

St. Croix Legend Elite Casting Rods - Titanium
"The flagship rod in St. Croixs lineup, these Legend Elite Casting Rods are flawlessly handcrafted using the most advanc

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$469.99
$469.99

St. Croix Legend Elite Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods - Titanium
"The flagship rod in St. Croixs Salmon and Steelhead lineup, these Legend Elite Casting Rods are flawlessly handcrafted

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$129.99
$129.99

St. Croix Mojo Bass Casting Rods - Black
"Lighter and more balanced and sensitive than ever, St. Croixs Mojo Bass Casting Rod uses premium, high-modulus SCIII gr

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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.