Salmon Fishing Rods

Sunday, October 22nd 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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$39.99
$39.99

Daiwa Laguna Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
High-performance IM6 graphite rod features woven-carbon construction and blank-through-handle construction for added str

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$309.99
$309.99

St. Croix Legend Tournament Musky Casting Rods
"Technique specific and built to take on the hard-driving power of musky, St. Croixs Legend Tournament Musky Casting Rod

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$99.99
$99.99

Cabela's Tournament ZX Bass Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Built with technique-specific actions, these bass-fishing rods are constructed using HM64 graphite rod blanks. The resu

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$49.99
$49.99

Cabela's Pro Guide Bass Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
Avoid spending hundreds or thousands on technique-specific action rods without sacrificing performance. Cabelas Pro Guid

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$39.99
$39.99

Cabela's Pro Guide Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"We want our Pro Guide Casting Rods to maintain their reputation as one of the best affordably priced rods available. Th

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$99.99
$99.99

Fenwick HMG Casting Rod
"The first to make a high-modulus graphite rod, Fenwick redesigned their classic HMG Casting Rods to be faster, more sen

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$39.99
$39.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rods - Clear
"A rod that has stood resilient while battling fish since 1976, Shakespeares Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rod is redesigned for

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$39.99
$39.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Lady Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"A rod that has stood resilient while battling fish since 1976, Shakespeares Ugly Stik GX2 Lady Casting Rod is redesigne

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$99.99
$99.99

Powell Inferno Casting Rod
"Battle-tested Powell Inferno Casting Rods withstand heavy loads and the jarring impact of strong hook sets. They are cr

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$109.99
$109.99

St. Croix Triumph Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod - Black
"St. Croixs Triumph Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod delivers outstanding strength, sensitivity and hooksetting power. This

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$24.99
$24.99

Quantum Telecast Casting Rod
"Collapsing down to less than 20, the telescopic Quantum Telecast Casting Rod packs easily into a suitcase, a car trunk

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$49.99
$49.99

B'n'M Silver Cat Magnum Casting Rods
"The BnM Silver Cat Magnum Casting Rods, like the original Silver Cat, are heavy-dutytournament-level rods at a casual-f

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$295.00
$295.00

G.Loomis IMX Bass Casting Rod
"The IMX Rods are what originally put G.Loomis on the map as the leader in graphite technology. Serious fishermen will l

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$395.00
$395.00

G. Loomis G.Loomis IMX Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod
"Since they first introduced the IMX lineup of rods in 1986, G.Loomis has been recognized as the leader in graphite-rod

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$69.99
$69.99

Fenwick Eagle Casting Rods
"If fishing is your passion, a Fenwick Eagle Casting Rod can take it up a level. The redesigned multitapered Eagle serie

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$69.99
$69.99

Fenwick Eagle Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod
"If fishing is your passion, the Fenwick Eagle Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods can take it up a level. The redesigned mult

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$59.99
$59.99

Cabela's Tourney Trail Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Made with IM8 graphite blanks, Cabelas Tourney Trail Casting Rods are now lighter and more responsive than ever before.

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$149.99
$149.99

Cabela's Predator Musky Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"If youre targeting the fish of 10,000 casts, pick up our Predator Musky Casting Rod and start your countdown with a rod

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$99.99
$74.88

Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Casting Rod
Spiral-woven 30-ton graphite strengthens Abu Garcias Veritas 2.0 Casting Rod blank overall by 22% without adding weight

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$99.99
$99.99

Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Crankbait Casting Rod
"The Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 Crankbait Casting Rod combines 30-Ton graphite construction with Spiral Core process that in

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$149.99
$149.99

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

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$199.99
$199.99

Fenwick Elite Tech Predator Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"The Fenwick Elite Tech Predator Casting Rods combine power, balance and blank stiffness, allowing you to fish all day w

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$49.99
$49.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Casting Rod - Clear
"With 35% more graphite than the GX2, Shakespeares Ugly Stik Elite Casting Rod drops the weight and picks up sensitivity

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$69.99
$69.99

Shakespeare Ugly Stik Elite Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"If youre looking for strong yet lightweight performance, the Ugly Stik Elite Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rod wont let you

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$199.99
$199.99

St. Croix Avid X Casting Rod
"Ultralightweight, super-sensitive and extra durable, St. Croixs Avid X Casting Rods feature high-modulus SCIII graphite

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$199.99
$119.88

Cabela's Arachnid Casting Rods
"Stronger, lighter and equipped with Superior Uniform Particle Resin (SUPR) technology, Cabelas Arachnid Casting Rod del

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$69.99
$69.99

Team Catfish Thunder Cat Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
Team Catfishs Thunder Cat Casting Rod has all the features catfish hunters appreciate. Long anti-slip EVA Power Foam han

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$99.99
$99.99

Cabela's Tournament ZX Crankshaft Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Built with various actions to cover every depth you can crank, our Tournament ZX Crankshaft Casting Rods are constructe

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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.