Salmon Fishing Rods

Sunday, June 24th 2018.

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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$29.99
$29.99

B'n'M Bucks Graphite Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
The redesigned Bucks Graphite Spinning Rods from BnM feature more guides and a stiffer action than past models for casta

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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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$99.99
$99.99

Berkley Buzz Ramsey Air Spinning Rods
"Berkleys Buzz Ramsey Air Spinning Rod is the perfect choice for big, hard-fighting fish. Complex Matrix Composite const

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$29.99
$29.99

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

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$99.99
$99.99

Berkley Series One Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Berkley incorporates modern carbon-fiber technology with a tried-and-tested design philosophy to create a new generatio

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$99.99
$99.99

Berkley Tec Cat Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Oversized components like handles and guides match with quick-response blanks to create catfishing rods like youve neve

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$99.99
$99.99

BERKLEY Series One Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Berkley incorporates modern carbon-fiber technology with a tried-and-tested design philosophy to create a new generatio

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$99.99
$99.99

Berkley Tec Cat Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Oversized components like handles and guides match with quick-response blanks to create catfishing rods like youve neve

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$49.99
$49.99

Berkley Glowstik Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"A glowing-red rod tip on the second-generation Berkley Glowstik Spinning Rods alerts you of strikes, increasing your ni

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$49.99
$49.99

Berkley Glowstik Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"A glowing red rod tip on the second-generation Berkley Glowstik Casting Rods alerts you of strikes, increasing your nig

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$100.00
$100.00

Berkley Tec Cat Hunter Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Berkleys Tec Cat Hunter Spinning Rods specialize in long, accurate casting perfect for the bank angler. Oversized compo

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$69.99
$69.99

Berkley E-Cat Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
Tame big catfish with power to spare. The legendary Berkley E-Cat Spinning Rods super-tough E-Glass blank construction w

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$69.99
$69.99

Berkley E-Cat Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
Tame big catfish with power to spare. The legendary Berkley E-Cat Casting Rods super-tough E-Glass blank construction wi

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$79.99
$79.99

Tsunami Trophy Series Surf Spinning Rods
"The Tsunami Trophy Series brings you these premium surf-spinning rods for big surf duty. Quality construction and perfo

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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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$69.99
$49.88

Cabela's Three Forks Fly Rods
"For years, Cabelas Three Forks rods have been the choice for anglers seeking a quality fly rod at affordable price. The

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$119.99
$71.88

Cabela's TQR Fly Rods
"Packing plenty of power into shorter length, the Tight Quarters Rods (TQR) excel in all those places where longer rods

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$154.99
$92.88

Cabela's Stowaway 6 Fly Rods
"Our lightest, highest-quality ultrapackable fly rods. With sections 15 to 18 long, these six-piece rods break down smal

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$189.99
$132.88

Cabela's LSi Fly Rods
"Weve taken our all-around most versatile fly-rod series, the LST,and made it even better. Improvements include greater

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$129.99
$77.88

Cabela's TLr Fly Rods - Black
"Intended as upgrades to the popular Traditional IIrods, this series exceeded rod designers expectations and became some

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$259.99
$149.88

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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$119.99
$119.99

Cabela's Salt Striker Surf Spinning Rod - Stainless Steel
Our Salt Striker Surf Spinning Rods are crafted of lightweight IM8 graphite that boasts increased sensitivity. Fuji stai

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$24.99
$24.99

Cabela's King Kat Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Fishing for big cats is serious business that requires serious equipment that can stand up to the long fights big flath

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$19.99
$19.99

Cabela's Whuppin' Stick Casting Rod
"Our Whuppin Stick rods have become a customer favorite for their nearly indestructible, advanced polymer fiberglass bla

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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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$39.99
$29.88

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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$59.99
$49.88

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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$129.99
$129.99

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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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.