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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$129.95
$99.95

Redington Path Fly Rod
Beginning casters looking for an affordable starter rod or anyone who has a more relaxed casting stroke will find a favo

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$39.99
$29.88

Copper River Spin/Fly Rod
"One of the most versatile rods out there, the Copper River Spin/Fly Rod combo can be used as either a fly rod or a spin

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$39.99
$39.99

Copper River Grasshopper Fly Rod
"Featuring a cork handle that fits small hands and bright colors that are sure to be a hit with your youngster, the Copp

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$159.99
$80.00

Cabela's Prime Fiberglass Fly Rod - Translucent
"Cabelas Prime Fiberglass Fly Rod redefines the term smooth casting. This innovative, one-of-a-kind rod features a one-p

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$650.00
$475.00

Sage Accel Fly Rod
"Within the medium-fast-action Sage Accel Fly Rod is ultraresponsive Generation 5 technology with its improved carbon-fi

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$24.95
$24.95

TFO Soft Hackle Tenkara Fly Rod
"Tenkara is a traditional type of fly fishing practiced in Japan using only a rod, line and fly. TFOs Soft Hackle Tenkar

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$259.99
$259.99

Cabela's Theorem Fly Rod
"With Generation-II nano-silica resin and a high-modulus graphite blank, Cabelas Theorem Fly Rod produces the accuracy,

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$299.99
$299.99

Cabela's Atoll Fly Rod
"Cabelas Atoll Fly Rod features a fast action that lets you cast heavy lines and large flies with precise accuracy in yo

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$279.99
$279.99

Echo Fiberglass Two-Hand Fly Rod
"With its glass-fast action, Echos Fiberglass Switch Rod produces smooth casts and modest line speeds, perfect for launc

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$199.99
$199.99

Echo Fiberglass Fly Rod
"With a deep load and smooth recovery that transmits from tip to hand, Echos Fiberglass Fly Rod has a glass medium-fast

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$475.00
$356.25

R.L. Winston Nexus Fly Rod - Silver
"Redefining all-graphite fly rods, R.L. Winstons Nexus combines the legendary ultrasmooth Winston Action with modern, fa

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$169.95
$169.95

Fenwick Aetos Fly Rods - Blue
"When you need high performance and fast action in any location, reach for a Fenwick Aetos Fly Rod. The fast recovering,

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$99.95
$99.95

Fenwick Eagle Fly Rods
"Celebrate a time-honored tradition of quality performance with Fenwicks Eagle Fly Rods. The classic actions have over 6

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$139.95
$139.95

Fenwick HMG Fly Rod - Matte black
"Pick up the ultralight, user-friendly Fenwick HMG Fly Rod and cast off your cares. The medium-fast rod is designed with

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$460.00
$460.00

St. Croix High Stick Drifter Fly Rod
"Designed with input from the world-renowned authority on all things sub-surface fly fishing, Kelly Gallup, St. Croixs H

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$150.00
$150.00

St. Croix Mojo Bass Fly Rod - Black
"Throw large, bulky bass bugs with ease using St. Croixs Mojo Bass Fly Rods. SCII graphite blank has a moderate-fast act

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$249.95
$249.95

Redington Butter Stick Fly Rod - Yellow
"Youll love the smooth, slow action of the Butter Stick Fly Rod from Redington. High-modulus fiberglass construction del

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$149.99
$149.99

Redington Classic Trout Fly Rod
"From spring creeks to big rivers, the Classic Trout from Redington will become your go-to fly rod for trout. Moderate a

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$399.95
$399.95

Redington Chromer Fly Rod
"Redingtons Chromer Fly Rod feature dual premium-grade cork handles with polymer sections that allow for easy line manag

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$199.95
$199.95

Fenwick Fenglass Fiberglass Fly Rod
"Fenwicks Fenglass Fiberglass Fly Rod excels at smooth, accurate presentations, making it perfect for pressured streams

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$299.95
$299.95

Redington Hydrogen Fly Rod - Clear
"Redingtons super-lightweight Hydrogen Fly Rod boasts a medium-fast action and a glare-reducing matte finish that make i

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$450.00
$450.00

Sage Pulse Fly Rod
"Using Graphite IIIe technology, Sages fast-action Pulse Fly Rod delivers distance-casting power, remarkable accuracy, e

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$650.00
$475.00

Sage Bolt Fly Rod
"Take on driving winds and long-distance casts with ease using the Bolt Fly Rod by Sage. Its ultrafast action makes high

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$649.00
$649.00

Hardy Zephrus Fly Rod - Titanium
"Whether youre trying to fool a midge feeder directly under your rod tip or you need to power out a 60-ft. cast to hit a

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$649.00
$649.00

Hardy Zephrus SWS Fly Rod - Titanium
"Thanks to SINTRIX 440 technology, Hardys four-piece Zephrus Fly Rod delivers increased strength and minimized weight wh

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$139.99
$139.99

Echo Carbon XL Fly Rod
"Rod designer and competitive fly-caster Tim Rajeff designed the powerful Echo Carbon XL Fly Rod to feel light in the ha

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$159.99
$159.99

Echo Ion XL Fly Rod
"The medium-fast to fast actions of Echos super-lightweight Ion XL Fly Rods easily launch heavy flies and streamers long

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$324.95
$324.95

TFO Impact Fly Rod - Stainless Steel
"Perfect for beginner to expert fly fishermen, TFOs Impact Fly Rod combines smooth and powerful loading and unloading wi

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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.