Salmon Fishing Rods

Friday, March 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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$119.99
$89.88

Bimini Bay Tsunami Airwave Coastal Casting Rods
"Made to the specs coastal anglers demand, Bimini Bays Tsunami Airwave Casting Rods bring a tidal wave of performance. H

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$89.99
$89.99

"Tsunami Classic Bottom Rods, Fishing 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
$48.99

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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$109.99
$76.99

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
$108.49

"Cabela's Stowaway 6 Fly Rods, Fishing 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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$199.99
$139.99

Cabela's CZN Series Rods - Olive
"Our CZN rods are designed and tested specifically for the European nymphing technique referred to as Czech, Polish or F

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$179.99
$125.99

"Cabela's LSi Fly Rods, Fishing 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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$239.99
$167.99

"Cabela's LSi Spey and Switch Rods, Fishing 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
$90.99

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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$159.99
$111.99

"Cabela's TLr Salt Fly Rod - Blue, Fishing Rods"
"Corrosion-resistant and boasting an impressive blue and gunmetal finish, the TLr makes an easy choice for anglers deman

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$159.99
$111.99

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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$299.99
$209.99

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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$259.99
$181.99

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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$129.99
$90.99

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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$29.99
$20.99

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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$29.99
$20.99

"Cabela's Whuppin' Stick Casting Rod, Fishing Rods"
"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 Fish Eagle 50 Salmon/Steelhead Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Cabelas Fish Eagle rods have been our best-selling series since 1990. Now weve taken these customer favorites to the ne

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$39.99
$27.99

"Cabela's Pro Guide Kokanee Casting Rod, Fishing Rods"
"We believe our Pro Guide fishing rods are the best available anywhere in this price range. Our IM6 100% graphite blanks

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$99.99
$69.99

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
$34.99

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
$27.99

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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$59.99
$41.99

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
$104.99

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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$199.99
$139.99

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

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$99.99
$69.99

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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$29.99
$20.99

Cabela's King Kat Spinning 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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$39.99
$27.99

Cabela's Pro Guide PTC Spinning Rod
"Target panfish, crappie and trout with the specialized actions and lengths of the Pro Guide P.C.T. series rods. Our IM6

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$29.99
$20.99

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

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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.